Jazz the Giraffe passed away with her best friend by her side, a Belgian Malinois named Hunter.
Jazz was taken in by The Rhino Orphanage in South Africa, after a farmer found him abandoned in the wild, weak and dehydrated.
Hunter, a resident watchdog at the center, bonded with Jazz immediately and the two quickly became inseparable.
The rescue cared for Jazz ’round the clock, nursing him back to health, but his ailments proved to be too much for him.
The last two days before Jazz died, he started looking unstable on his legs and very dull.
He suddenly collapsed after blood started to pool back into his eyes. His heart rate dropped and he showed neurological symptoms.
Hunter knew something was wrong and stayed by Jazz’s side, along with rescuers, until Jazz took his last breath.
After being examined by vets, they concluded that Jazz had hyphema and brain hemorrhaging, which could be due to a genetic defect or under-developed valve system.
Jazz was unable to regulate blood pressure to his brain, therefore bleeding between the ventricles occurred.
Staff did everything they could to care for Jazz and prolong his life, but his death was sadly inevitable.
What eases rescuers’ minds is that he knew love in his final days and he didn’t die alone in the wild.
Hunter sat in front of Jazz’s empty room for a while before going to staff for comfort.
While he showed signs of sadness, he is eating well and playing with his brother again. He will now continue his training to be a tracking dog.
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Just when we thought it couldn't get any cuter, sweeter and more heart-warming, this happened.The bond and understanding between Jazz the giraffe and Hunter our AP Belgian Malinois is astonishing.#orphanedgiraffe #savingwildlife #wildliferescue #oddanimalcouples #interspeciesrelationships #animalbonds #malinois #antipoachingdogsMorongwane Game Heritage your little one is in good hands with Hunter
Posted by The Rhino Orphanage on Friday, November 22, 2019
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