Baby rhino takes a snuggle break with sanctuary worker

By Ben Hooper  |  May 23, 2016 at 4:55 PM
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POLOKWANE, South Africa, May 23 (UPI) -- A worker at a South African animal sanctuary shared video of a snuggle-minded baby rhinoceros using her as a pillow during cuddle time.

Laura Ellison posted a video to Instagram showing the special bond she formed with Kabelo, an orphaned rhinocerous being raised at The Rhino Orphanage sanctuary in Limpopo Province.

The video shows the young rhinoceros cuddling with the woman as she spreads out on the ground.

"Really, I'm just his pillow," Ellison wrote.

"While I want you all to experience the gentleness of rhinos, to fall in love with them as I have and inspire the same desperation I have to save them, I must stress the relationship I have with our rhinos that allow these experiences.

I have been with Kabelo since his arrival to the orphanage and we have developed such a strong bond. While Kabelo is so comfortable with me, he is not with many others. Please appreciate that he is still a wild animal.. But also with the capacity to love so forgivingly. 

Humans took his mother and for him to trust me the way he does is incredibly bittersweet. Rhinos deserve a life with their mothers without human interference. Please help me fight to secure it. #saveourrhinos"

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