Friendship is a beautiful thing and having loving friends by your side is often all that you need to be happy and satisfied. Friends are even more valuable during hard times in life, when their advice and compassion can help overcome all hardships life can throw at you. Sometimes, simply having a friend by your side can be enough, words are often not needed. That is exactly what happened in our story of a very unusual friendship. I know you never imagined you will see a rhino and a cat hanging out as best friends, but life tells weird and wonderful stories all the time, and the two heroes of our story found each other due to their sad circumstances. Their story shows that you should never abandon hope, no matter how hard it seems at the moment, because you never know when will you find someone that can make you feel happy again.
The story of Nandi
As we already mentioned, our story begins with a sad event. One of our protagonists, Nandi, lost her mother to poachers when she was only two months old. Nandi somehow managed to stay alive on her own, but that wouldn’t be the case for much longer. Thankfully, she was saved by wildlife rescuers and that is the beginning of her new life story.
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Life as an orphan
After she was rescued, Nandi was brought to The Rhino Orphanage, which is a shelter in South Africa that is committed to providing help and sanctuary for rhinos that became orphans. In most cases, these unlucky orphans lost their parents to poaching, but personnel at this orphanage helps all rhino orphans they come across.
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Nandi has been given a great care at the orphanage, and she is growing stronger and bigger with every passing day. She enjoys playing with the staff and has grown completely accustomed to humans. She also loves to chase them around. However, her heart is especially fond of one particular feline friend – a cat named Mewie.
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Mewie – an orphan of a different kind
Same as Nandi, Mewie is an orphan as well. He was rescued by Jamie Traynor, a rhino caretaker, when he was less than a month old. However different Mewie is from the rest of the orphans in this sanctuary, he was never an outcast. He quickly learned to live with a bunch of rhinos and he found a lifelong friend in Nandi.
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The beginning of a beautiful friendship
Mewie and Nandi became best friends very fast. Even though there is a huge difference in size and strength, that is not an obstacle for these two wonderful beings. They have made a thing you can only see in cartoons into a reality. A friendship between a cat and a rhino!
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Long walks together
These adorable friends spend a lot of time together. They enjoy long walks in the nature as a way to strengthen their friendship and they always trust each other to lead the way. They got each other’s back and always look for each other, staying close and never separating.
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Nothing beats a great nap
In addition to long walks they take together, Nandi and Mewie really, really love to take naps together. Resting for the majority of the day is nothing strange for cats, and Nandi has accepted this habit to the full. Now, the two lie together in the same room, gathering their strength for another long walk in the wild.
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Overcoming the differences
Even though Mewie and Nandi became best friends at first sight, they still had to learn how to be friends because of their natural differences. Nandi had to figure out a way to be gentle with Mewie since he is a lot smaller and more fragile than her. However, they found a way to overcome these issues and now they snuggle without a problem and hang out all the time.
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A new family
Despite these obvious differences, Nandi and Mewie see each other the same way – as a part of the family. Mewie probably thinks that Nandi is just a weird-looking cat, while Nandi sees Mewie as a rather small and fluffy rhino.
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Preparing for the inevitable
Ever since she was brought to the orphanage, Nandi has been gaining straight. The goal is for her to grow big and strong enough so she can return back to the wild. That day is coming closer and closer and the two friends will become separated again when it comes. However, until then, they are certainly not wasting any time since they spend every moment together.
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