Friendship is an interpersonal bond one creates and cherishes. However, sometimes friendships can be bittersweet as well. You can heartedly feel a true friend even when you are apart. But real friendships don’t necessarily mean to happen only between humans. The story I’m about to tell is a bitter one. But in the meantime, it shows how sweet and truthful friendships between two fellow animals can be.
A baby giraffe named Jazz arrived at the Rhino Orphanage after a farmer discovered him struggling in wild. Eventually, Jazz became ill and Hunter-the resident watchdog seemed to realize something was wrong. Immediately, he befriended him and did not leave the baby giraffe’s side
The baby giraffe was so weak and dehydrated, barely 3 days old when he arrived at the orphanage in South Africa. Orphanage staff members assumed that the mother giraffe had abandoned the baby for a reason, and had suspected an illness. But later on, they found out that the mother indeed didn’t leave Jazz for no reason. She just knew it!
Hunter befriending the baby Giraffe Jazz
The Rhino Orphanage wrote: “He stays in the room all day with Jazz and and doesn’t allow his brother Duke close. They also featured dozens of photos documenting Jazz’s progress during his weeks at the facility. They showed Jazz&Hunter sleeping closely together, and playing outdoors.
But after a while Jazz, the giraffe collapsed from hemorrhaging in the brain. In his last two days, Jazz started to look unstable on his legs and very dull, and eventually, they lost him. The dog then sat in front of the empty room for hours before going to its carers “for comfort.”
No matter how sad this story might be the legacy of these two little buddies will remain forever! So here are more pictures that photographer Jerome Delay took to honor this raw and delightful friendship.