Crash, bang, wal­lop

There’s no chance of out­run­ning an en­raged rhino

World of Animals - - Inside Nature’s Tanks -

Star­tle an In­dian, Ja­van or Su­ma­tran rhino in the wild and it will prob­a­bly dis­ap­pear into the un­der­growth be­fore you’ve re­ally had time to reg­is­ter what’s go­ing on. Stress out one of Africa’s rhi­nos, on the other hand, and you’ll know about it. Black and white rhi­nos are usu­ally quiet and soli­tary, but very oc­ca­sion­ally there are re­ports of at­tacks on hu­mans and ve­hi­cles. With poor eye­sight, these crea­tures can take no chances when it comes to their safety or the safety of their calves; if some­thing sounds or smells like it could be a threat, they’ll charge. The black rhino is smaller than the white and pos­sesses a smaller horn, but it’s the species with the rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing the most ag­gres­sive. From their thick skin to their for­mi­da­ble horns, rhi­nos have evolved fortress-like bod­ies in order to sur­vive life in a per­ilous habi­tat.

Rhino at­tacks on hu­mans are rare, with about two re­ports a year

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