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Baby Black Rhino Loves To Snuggle Under His Blanket&#8230; Until It&#8217;s Bottle Time.

Baby Black Rhino Loves To Snuggle Under His Blanket… Until It’s Bottle Time.

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Kitui is a baby black rhino who loves his orange blankie. So each evening, after a day spent playing with his other baby rhino friends at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, in Kenya, Kitui returns to his bed and snuggles under it. Kitui was brought to Lewa because his blind mother was unable to protect her previous babies from predators, and he'll stay there until he's three or four, when he'll be ready to go back into the wild. But for now, he's got the love and care of his caretakers at Lewa... and he's got his favorite blankie!  

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Meet Kitui, a rare baby black rhino, who lives in Kenya.

Kitui’s blind mother couldn’t protect her previous babies from predators, so Katui is being raised at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. His foster “mom” is Elias.

I'd like to dedicate this post to all the men and women around the world who acknowledge that just because we have the power to destroy other species, does not give us the right. To all the people who recognize that having dominion over animals is a false, primitive and destructive way to view the world. And to all the human beings who appreciate our fellow animals and work tirelessly to protect the millions of creatures we share Planet Earth with. We spend so much of our energy trying to find civilizations elsewhere in the universe, without realizing that the intelligent aliens we're looking for are often right under our noses. HAPPY WORLD ANIMAL DAY!!! Pictured above: Baby Kitui and one of his beloved keepers Elias Mugambi of @lewa_wildlife. Kitui is an orphaned black rhino who is being raised on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy with the hopes of being released back into the wild some day.

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Kitui spends his days playing with friends like Nicky. (pictured here)

But at the end of the day, Kitui returns to the comfort of his pen and his orange blankie.

Orphaned baby black rhino on @lewa_wildlife. Kitui is the rambunctious baby brother of our beloved Kilifi, who recognized his little brother's smell the moment they met and welcomed him with warmth and affection. Their mother suffers from blindness due to cataracts in her eyes and is therefore unfit to safely care for her little ones in the wild. Thankfully the lovely staff at Lewa Conservancy know just how to care for these little dinosaurs so they can grow up big and be re-introduced into the wild when the time comes. Until then, this little baby will be provided with everything he needs – milk, acacia leaves, more milk, and unlimited belly rubs. Did I mention more milk? Rhinos are complex, emotional mammals just like us. They crave social interaction, they need the safety of close bonds and they require love, warmth and attention. If the whole world understood how precious and incredible these animals were, we would not allow them to be slaughtered to extinction in our lifetime. Please support @lewa_wildlife in their quest to save rhinos for many generations to come!

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Kitui sleeps next door to his keepers, who check on him throughout the night and bring him snacks.

Wanjiku Kinuthia, of Lewa, told The Dodo, “Kitui is one of Kenya’s estimated 640 critically endangered black rhino. Every individual counts in ensuring the species survives.”

When Kitui is three or four years old, he’ll be released into the wild. Until then, he’s being given everything he needs to grow up strong.

Learn more about black rhinos and the work that Lewa does for them on the conservation society’s website.

If you are happy to see Kitui being so well taken care of, please share his story with your friends on Facebook!

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