Donated bear brings in funds for orphaned rhino

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The first of the three teddy bears that Rand Aid’s Elphin Lodge retirement village recently donated to Tails and Whiskers, an Edenvale charity shop that sells donated sellable household items to raise money for animals in need, was ‘adopted’ for R500.

The beautiful bears were initially very generously donated to Elphin Lodge by one of its residents, Deidre Krull, in the hope that they would find a new home. Deidre is an avid teddy bear collector.

Tails and Whiskers posted the following on its Facebook page on Sunday:

“Last weekend we were really touched by a special donation of three teddy bears from Rand Aid Association’s Elphin Lodge retirement Village. Yesterday the first Teddy was adopted by a very special family for R500. The R500 was donated to Warriors for Africa’s Wildlife.”

The money will be used to buy milk for an orphaned six-month-old rhino called Leko. Leko drinks 25-litres of milk day. The organisation had already raised R3 900 from its raffle. This, together with the R500, will assist Warriors for Africa’s Wildlife to buy three bags of milk.

“Leko is a curious and playful boy who loves to run around and explore the new grass shoots in the boma. We wish Leko a long and happy life and we know Panda (still to be named) has found the right home where she will be loved, cuddled and offer some comfort after a hard day’s work in our concrete jungle,” said Tails and Whiskers.

The other two bears will be ‘adopted out’ by Tails and Whiskers for R500 each, to raise funds for a cat and dog to be sterilised.

“Thank you again so much, we are really grateful and so excited about the adoption,” said Tails and Whiskers.

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