The heartbreaking photo that shows young rhino lying cowering beside its dead mother
The baby white rhino, who has now been named Arthur, was found scared and cowering beside his dead mother when he was rescued
The only difference between a human and an animal - the latter has equally (maybe more) emotional instincts compared to the former. In an extreme act of animal cruelty, poachers shot dead a rare white Rhino in South Africa's Kruger National Park and brutally injured its calf, who was reportedly trying to save his mother, reported Daily Mail.
The extremely rare white rhino baby, who is now named Arthur, was found scared and cowering beside his dead mother when he was rescued. Rescuers pictured the exact moment when they found Arthur lying with a hunter's dart in his ribs and serious injuries to his back and one of his feet. The heartwrenching photograph has gone viral on social media.
When Kruger Park Rangers came to rescue Arthur and his mother, they immediately evacuated the calf to the Care for Wild Rhino orphanage where his injuries were treated. He was given the name Arthur as a reward for his resilience and loyalty to his mother, and although Arthur is slowly recovering, he still calls out for her, reports the publication.
Volunteers who work at the orphanage have called the calf's cries for his mother as "a heart-wrenching sound and one that he should never have to make." Arthur is currently being taken care of by the Care for Wild charity, whose ambassador is none other than Prince Harry.
However, Arthur has already been adopted by a staff at a UK zoo, who is raising money to fund his rehabilitation. Even South Lakes Safari Zoo in Dalton, Lancashire have set up Arthur's Army, pledging to raise at least £1,600 a month to fund his rehabilitation.
The zoo's chief executive Karen Brewer said: "Arthur is on the road to recovery, he has made friends at the sanctuary with fellow Rhino orphan Summer, and is a firm favorite with his caregivers. In the wild, a rhino calf will stay with his mum for three years. Arthur's mother was snatched from him at an early age, Arthur still calls out for his mum, he will be emotionally scarred for a long time."