Anything ewe can do, I can do better: adorable footage shows rhino attempting to hope like a lamb
They say the best kind of friendships are the most unlikely – as proven by this unusual animal duo.
Captured on camera, baby rhino Gertje and lovable sheep, Lammie, show their incredible bond by skipping and playing together during a walk outside.
The heart-warming footage, taken by assistant curator, Karien Smit, shows white rhino, Gertle, trying to copy its best friend’s behaviour by hopping around like a lamb.
As the Dorpa sheep springs up and down the dusty trail, the orphaned rhino is seen getting excited as it spins in circles trying to mimic its steps.
Tragically, three-month-old Gertje was rescued after it was found lying next to the dead body of his mother, who had been brutally killed by poachers for her horn.
Gertje, or Little G as he is now known, was then sent to Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, in Pretoria, South Africa, where he was introduced to Lammie.
Since then the adorable pair have become inseparable and now eat, rest and play together barely leaving each other’s side.
Gretna Scheepers, the manager at the centre, said: “As soon as the two bonded Gertjie was very relaxed and content, he now had a 24/7 companion.
“They are best friends and companions, they are together almost 24 hours of a day and actually do everything together.
“They definitely pick up on each other’s behaviour, Lammie for example will ‘play’ with the ball just the way Gertjie would and if Gertjie is sleeping, Lammie will sleep as well.
“We noticed the behaviour when Gertjie and Lammie got excited while playing, both started hopping around.
“If they are excited or content that is when they start to play.
“Normally, they would be relaxed and grazing but after going for a run or a mud bath you can definitely see that they are excited and very playful.
“Some people think that Gertjie was aggressive towards Karien, but this in fact is not true at all.
“In the video you will notice that Gertjie is very happy and playing with his care taker and his sheep companion.”