<iframe width=”620″ height=”340″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/nWqaCBZtuSg” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> Leave it to a baby rhinoceros, with its carefree spirit and bold curiosity as it chases after wild geese, to raise spirits in a period of darkness and despair.

The accompanying footage, captured in South Africa's Kruger National Park, has been dedicated to Roger Gower, a helicopter pilot killed this week in Tanzania by elephant poachers he was helping to track.

rhino The hunt for Gower's killer continues, but life goes on for animals cursed with ivory horns and tusks that are worth a small fortune on the black market.

The white rhino in the video acts like a puppy as it chases or tries to play with Egyptian geese that had flocked to a remote watering hole.

“It didn't take the calf long to begin its own exploration,” videographer Simone Swiel explains on the Kruger Sightings blog. "And it is at this moment that the calf reminds me that rhinos, too, are getting on with their wildlife antics, oblivious to the poaching crisis which they face.

“The calf was so playful and an absolute delight to watch. Everyone around us was laughing and enjoying the antics of this young animal chasing birds.”

Oblivious, indeed.

The poaching crisis imperils both species. Tens of thousands of elephants are killed each year for their ivory, and there are only about 25,000 rhinos left in Africa.

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