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This two-week-old baby girl White Rhino was being watched over by her aunt. The baby kept trying to nurse, making pathetic little mewling noises. The aunt steered her to the water trough and tried to encourage the baby to drink. The little one wasn't interested, probably because she didn't understand what the water was for. It was interesting to see such a giant creature behaving in such a gentle and nurturing way.

The mother had disappeared two days earlier, and the rangers feared she'd been poached. Fortunately they found her the evening after this photo was taken and they drove the family back together.

In the Middle East, some cultures present a dagger made from a rhino horn to a boy who has come of age, and in Asia they believe the horn has medicinal properties. So poachers murder the rhino and take the horn, leaving the rest.

When rhinos stand like this they are likely communicating via infrasound, frequencies too low for humans to hear.

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  • Taken: Sep 27, 2011
  • Uploaded: Dec 31, 2011
  • Updated: Nov 28, 2022