Hunter and Jazz: Dog and giraffe become best of friends

22 November 2019, 18:29 | Updated: 22 November 2019, 19:26

Sometimes friendship comes from the most unexpected place.

When Jazz the giraffe, abandoned at birth, was brought to a South African rhino orphanage he was already a bit lost.

He had been rescued by a farmer who found him in the wild - weak, dehydrated and just two days old.

The Rhino Orphanage in Limpopo Province, South Africa, was the closest place, the farmer thought, as he called them for help.

Surrounded by rhinos, Jazz might have worried about finding a friend but he was quickly adopted by the centre's watchdog Hunter.

Hunter has been caring for Jazz ever since, sitting with him and even sleeping beside him.

Caretaker Janie Van Heerden says they bonded immediately.

She said: "They brought in this little giraffe, he was about two days old when he came in.

"He was very weak, his mother had left him alone, so we had to put him onto IV fluids and yes he is doing a lot better now.

"We feed him milk, he is trying to eat leaves, he is starting to try and he's doing a lot better.

"Possibly soon he will be able to go home."