“Really, I’m just his pillow,” writes Laura Ellison on her Instagram, posing with an orphan rhino calf napping on her. Kabelo, the cuddly baby, chose the wildlife veterinary nurse as his new human mom after he lost his.


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“I have been with Kabelo since his arrival to the orphanage and we have developed such a strong bond,” Ellison continued. “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.”

Kabelo is spending his time at the Rhino Orphanage in South Africa. Eventually, if all goes well, he will be returned back to where he belongs – to the wild.

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“Humans took his mother and for him to trust me the way he does is incredibly bittersweet”

“Please appreciate that he is still a wild animal”

“But also with the capacity to love so forgivingly”

“Really, I’m just his pillow”

Laura Ellison, the wildlife veterinary nurse stepped in as  his new human mom after he lost his

Eventually, if all goes well, he will be returned back to where he belongs – to the wild

“While Kabelo is so comfortable with me, he is not with many others”

“Rhinos deserve a life with their mothers without human interference”