WATCH: Baby rhino wrestling with caretaker will give you hope again after Sudan's death

2018-03-23 18:00 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - The world became a darker place after Sudan - the last male northern white rhino - passed away earlier this week, but Loijipo wrestling with his handler will make the world bright again.

The year-old baby black rhino was abandoned when he was only one day old, but his caretakers at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Kenya have been helping him grow into quite a formidable wrestler, as seen in a video shared by Conservation International.

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Loijipo's mother left him behind while browsing, and unfortunately some researchers got too close and when she came back he smelt too much like humans. He was taken to Reteti where he is pampered by three caretakers, but eventually he will return to the sanctuary where he was found when he's strong enough later this year.

Reteti is a community-driven conservation project whose key focus is the rehabilitation of orphaned elephants and to re-wild them in the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya.

At the moment there are only 540 wild black rhinos left in Kenya, though in some conservancies the number is said to be rapidly increasing as a result of community-inclusive programmes.

Based on his skills in the video, there's no doubt he will do very well in the wild.

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