Modern families aren’t always born, but made. In Zimbabwe’s Lowveld Rhino Trust, three orphans united together to make their own family composed of an eland and two black rhino.
Bebrave the rhino was initially alone after his mother’s poaching. To minimize his stress he was introduced to Sparky the eland. The two were companions living together for many months before being joined by Long Playing, another rhino.
The trio was set to be released together back into the wild, since they had all been together for over a year. At the release point, a quiet watering hole, the rhinos ventured off together. After Sparky was released, a group of wild eland came by the area and Sparky has not been seen since. It is thought he joined back up with his own kind.
Hopefully this is a happy ending for all three.