A dramatic video of a rare encounter between rhinos and lions shows that the animals do not give up easily in the face of adversity.
David Wederell, a British tourist was lucky to capture this scene during a trip to Etosha National Park, in the Republic of Namibia. Wendell said he witnessed a rather unlucky rhinoceros while drinking and bathing in mud in a waterhole when suddenly got stuck due to the thick layer of mud.
Seeing the rhino in distress, 3 lions appeared out of nowhere in the hope of getting an easy meal. However, the presence of predators caused the rhino to regain its survival instinct, as it used all its strength to get out of the position stuck in the mud.
The rhino in the black rhino family showed the lions that it was not an “easy” opponent when it immediately launched a fierce attack.
Although unable to hurt the lion, the rhino’s strength made the enemy discouraged. Realizing that there was no longer a chance to eat here, the lions had to quietly leave.
It is known that this is an individual black rhinoceros, a species that is in danger of extinction. Today, there are only about 5,000 young black rhinos left in existence, and are commonly seen in Namibia and coastal East Africa.
Adult black rhinos are about 1.5m high, 3 – 3.65m long, and weigh up to 1.3 tons. Their distinguishing features are their thick skin and characteristic horn, approximately 70cm long.
Black rhinos are herbivores. Their favorite foods are leaves, branches and shoots, fruits, and thorny shrubs. Therefore, they are listed as beneficial animals because they contribute to the reduction of woody plants and create more space for grasses to grow, benefiting other animals.
The skin of the rhinoceros is a habitat and hiding place for many types of parasites. This becomes a nutritious food for many birds, typically the heron is a bird that specializes in living with rhinos.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the black rhinoceros was the most crowded rhinoceros species in terms of numbers, with several tens of thousands of individuals. However, it is estimated that between 1960 and 1995, more than 95% of the black rhino population was slaughtered by poaching because of the great value of the horns.
Black rhinos are not always black, but much depends on the soil conditions in the area where they live and their habit of swimming in the water.
Rhinoceros is a species of mammal in the family Rhinoceros (Rhinocerotidae). There are five known rhino species, including the African rhinoceros, the Indochinese rhinoceros, the Indian rhinoceros, the Sumatran rhinoceros, and the Javan rhinoceros. Rhinoceros have large, rough bodies, often protected by thick, rough skin. They have distinctive long horns, formed from the horny glands on their foreheads. Rhinos are usually solitary or in small groups and are herbivores. However, rhinos are threatened with extinction due to hunting for their horns and habitat loss due to the decline of forests and grasslands.