Philippa meets Lion’s Den and Dingle Dell. What is the outcome?

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When Philippa, the poached rhino cow, first arrived we thought it would be best to keep her in her own enclosure for a while before introducing her to the other two surviving female rhinos, Lion’s Den and Dingle Dell. She is still quite a bit smaller than them, and we didn’t want to take the chance of the other two giving her a hard time, or possibly even hurting her.

Over the course of her first days with us, Philippa did not stop calling for her mother. She was still grieving and obviously felt lost. One night shortly after her arrival, the two other females became very interested in her calling and broke the lock and hinges of the gate, entering Philippa’s enclosure. At first they were not friendly to her. They did not try to hurt her, but Dingle Dell would chase Philippa away whenever she approached them. Lion’s Den also took a turn to chase her away.

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After this back and forth for a while, they both eventually warmed up to the baby rhino. As Lion’s Den is more maternal, she has become closer to Philippa. The three females now walk side-by-side. Every now and then Dingle Dell gets a fright and will bump into Philippa. We are not sure whether this is accidental, or whether it’s just part of her naughty nature.

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We are very pleased that Philippa has been accepted by the other females, and are happy to report that her disposition is improving by the day!

This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. Ирина

    I enjoyed reading the news. There are more photos?

  2. Ирина

    I enjoyed reading the news. There are more photos?

  3. Lori

    Wow, this is what I was hoping for! That the two females would embrace her.. Maybe embrace isn’t exactly what happened at first but I have a feeling they will help her and in return she will give them a lot of love. This is a great day.

  4. Lori

    Wow, this is what I was hoping for! That the two females would embrace her.. Maybe embrace isn’t exactly what happened at first but I have a feeling they will help her and in return she will give them a lot of love. This is a great day.

  5. MOULIN Martine

    J’ADORE tout ce que vous faites pour aider, aimer et soigner tous ces magnifiques animaux d’Afrique.
    Malheureusement, trop loin de l’Afrique (Paris, France), c’est avec un immense plaisir de suivre votre dévouement pour ces merveilleux animaux et regarder sur Africam leur vie (Rhinos & Moutons).
    Un IMMENSE MERCI pour cette grande joie de voir ces magnifiques Rhinos à des milliers de kilomètres de chez moi, un safari photo que je ne peux pas malheureusement m’offrir.
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    I LOVE what you do for love, love and care for all those wonderful African animals.
    Unfortunately, too far from Africa (Paris, France) is a great pleasure to follow your dedication to these wonderful animals and watch their lives on Africam (Rhinos & Sheep).
    A HUGE THANK YOU for this great joy to see these magnificent Rhinos thousands of kilometers from home, a photo safari that I can not unfortunately offer me.

  6. MOULIN Martine

    J’ADORE tout ce que vous faites pour aider, aimer et soigner tous ces magnifiques animaux d’Afrique.
    Malheureusement, trop loin de l’Afrique (Paris, France), c’est avec un immense plaisir de suivre votre dévouement pour ces merveilleux animaux et regarder sur Africam leur vie (Rhinos & Moutons).
    Un IMMENSE MERCI pour cette grande joie de voir ces magnifiques Rhinos à des milliers de kilomètres de chez moi, un safari photo que je ne peux pas malheureusement m’offrir.
    —-
    I LOVE what you do for love, love and care for all those wonderful African animals.
    Unfortunately, too far from Africa (Paris, France) is a great pleasure to follow your dedication to these wonderful animals and watch their lives on Africam (Rhinos & Sheep).
    A HUGE THANK YOU for this great joy to see these magnificent Rhinos thousands of kilometers from home, a photo safari that I can not unfortunately offer me.

  7. Ann Hamilton

    Great story,great outcome.I’m sure the girls are enjoying some new company.Sometimes nature takes its own course.Lovely to see

  8. Ann Hamilton

    Great story,great outcome.I’m sure the girls are enjoying some new company.Sometimes nature takes its own course.Lovely to see

  9. Antoinette Russouw

    So happy that these three cows are together … Amazing how the animal kingdom works!

  10. Antoinette Russouw

    So happy that these three cows are together … Amazing how the animal kingdom works!

  11. Shelly

    This is so heart warming I had tears in my eyes. She needed company. Always love you guys. Miss HESC so much.

  12. Shelly

    This is so heart warming I had tears in my eyes. She needed company. Always love you guys. Miss HESC so much.

  13. HESC

    Although we would have liked to gradually and formally introduce the rhinos, we are pleased with the outcome. We have no doubt that their bond will grow with time. Thank you all for your support in the work that we do.

  14. HESC

    Although we would have liked to gradually and formally introduce the rhinos, we are pleased with the outcome. We have no doubt that their bond will grow with time. Thank you all for your support in the work that we do.

  15. Madelaine

    ✽•*(¯`v´¯)¸.•*✽
    *◦.(¯`:✿:´¯) Thank you! ☆
    *✽. (_.^._)¸.•✽☆*¨`*.••.*•✽♪★*.••.*•✽♪★*¨`*

  16. Madelaine

    ✽•*(¯`v´¯)¸.•*✽
    *◦.(¯`:✿:´¯) Thank you! ☆
    *✽. (_.^._)¸.•✽☆*¨`*.••.*•✽♪★*.••.*•✽♪★*¨`*

  17. MOULIN Martine

    Merci et bravo de vous occupez avec tant de soin et d’amour de vos magnifiques animaux.
    Vous nous réconfortez et donnez de l’espoir par rapport à d’autres humains qui maltraitent et font souffrir les animaux sans défense. MERCI
    —-
    Bravo and thank you are dealing with such care and love your beautiful animals .
    You comfort us and give hope compared to other humans who mistreat and pain defenseless animals . THANK YOU

  18. MOULIN Martine

    Merci et bravo de vous occupez avec tant de soin et d’amour de vos magnifiques animaux.
    Vous nous réconfortez et donnez de l’espoir par rapport à d’autres humains qui maltraitent et font souffrir les animaux sans défense. MERCI
    —-
    Bravo and thank you are dealing with such care and love your beautiful animals .
    You comfort us and give hope compared to other humans who mistreat and pain defenseless animals . THANK YOU

  19. Chad Rumsey

    Any update on the interaction with these 3 ? Are they accepting and playing nicely now? Worried about Philippa and hoping she has some friends to help ease her recovery.

    1. HESC

      Hi Chad,
      Philipa is now part of Lion’s Den and Dingle Dell’s crew, they are always together. The trio was actually spotted yesterday at the dam. Watch this space for an update soon.
      Regards,
      The Hesc Team

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