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Orphaned as result of poaching, Gertjie is a gentle giant and loving as can be.
Gertjie has been with us almost four years since arriving in May 2014 after being found crying inconsolably alongside his mother who died as result of a brutal poaching incident that he witnessed. When he first arrived at HESC he wouldn’t sleep without the reassuring presence of someone to console him. He is very protective of Matimba who arrived shortly after him. Curious by nature he comes to watch any activity taking place close to him, whether it’s fixing a fence or cleaning out the dam.
Here is a link to a video of Gertjie on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud8qds98nkI