Carol White, Jane Gower, Christine Patterson and Jill Gomm meet for the first time at the rhino enclosure at Paignton Zoo - three-and-a-half years after becoming 'virtual friends' on BBC Devon's rhino cam pages.
The four women were among thousands of people around the world who watched the birth of Zuri the black rhino via the webcam on the BBC Devon website - a project between BBC Devon, Paignton Zoo and BT.
Carol from Wiltshire, Christine from Paignton and Jane from Torquay have met before, but this is the first time they have met Jill, who travelled from south east Australia. Photo: Mum Sita and Zuri pictured shortly after the birth.
They all remember watching with concern as Zuri was born but then at first couldn’t get up. These four images were captured from the BBC Devon webcam when Zuri was born.
Zuri was an immediate star attraction at the zoo.
Zuri when she was six months old.
Jane said: "We cheered when Zuri finally got up and started feeding." This is Zuri on her first birthday.
"We feel like we know each other because of all the e-mails," said Jill. Christine added: "We would never have met if it wasn’t for the BBC and Paignton Zoo." Zuri was born on 5 March 2007 and is now fit and strong.
Zuri uses mum as a pillow - this was taken on her first birthday.
Zuri and Sita on her first birthday in March 2008.
This photo, also taken on Zuri's first birthday, shows just how much she had grown in 12 months.
Zuri pictured on her first birthday.
Zuri (right) and mum Sita come running when bananas are on offer. This photo was taken just before Zuri's third birthday in March 2010. There are hopes she will become a mum herself in a couple of years' time.
Sita (left) and Zuri out in the paddock - they are now the same size but mum has bigger horns. Zoo keepers are now to split the until now inseparable pair up, as that's what would happen in the wild.
One of the keepers, Dave Rich, feeds Zuri and Sita with some bananas.
Zuri has a diet of root veg and hay, but for treats, she loves bananas and pears.
Zuri (right) and Sita sharing some food. People from as far away as Australia visited them after the birth and they still get a lot of visitors.