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Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a Conservation in Africa that cares for orphaned elephants and other wild animals. Their goal is to care for the animals and raise them until they can be released back into the wild to live as nature intended. Recently, an orphaned baby zebra named Diria came into their care and is doing incredibly well. The way he is cared for is sure to make you smile.

At the end of February a lion attacked a mother zebra and her baby zebra ran to the nearest herd for comfort. He ran to a herd of goats. The farmer saw what happened and gave the baby zebra some goat milk and allowed him to take comfort in his herd of goats until he could take him to Kenya Wildlife Service rangers.

The baby zebra was taken to Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Voi Reintegration Unit where he is now cared for until he can be released back to the wild. Zebra foals imprint on their mother’s pattern, so the caretakers at the Conservation wear a specific jacket when caring for Diria.

He follows the person wearing the jacket and nuzzles into them when they groom him. He’s affectionate and sweet. This technique has been used on other rescued zebras who have gone on to successfully live in the wild.

It’s amazing that orphaned animals are cared for so delicately and carefully so that they have the better chance at life. It’s absolutely touching how well cared for Diria and other orphaned wild animals are. We hope Diria goes on to have the best life possible!

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