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 Post subject: Re: Black Rhino
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 8:06 pm 
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I have been trying for years to get a photo of a blackie and finally my chance arrived. He was quite far away and I had to crop the photo quite a bit.

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 Post subject: Re: Black Rhino
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I saw this beauty on 4 November 2010.
It was a first for me after 28 years of visiting KNP :D

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 Post subject: Re: Black Rhino
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Still going through my old photos. 2007.

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 Post subject: Re: Black Rhino
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These two were photographed at <somewhere> in Kruger. It was early morning and they were sleeping but got up as soon as I arrived.

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The following two were photographed the previous week on Sat 21/1/2011. They were also sleeping and when I arrived I had the good fortune of them trotting towards me to see who had disturbed their sleep. They came very close to my car before turning around to trot away into the thick bush giving me a final snort.

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 Post subject: Re: Black Rhino
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Guys, in lieu of the poaching please do not disclose the locations. These were fairly recent, so I edited a few of the posts above.
I hope you don't mind, and know you'll understand. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Black Rhino
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As black rhino are quite scarce, I was totally thrilled when I saw this lone black rhino in Dec 2010.
The atmosphere in the car was hilarious as each person in my family were experiencing a different feeling/emotion......my brother was like: "OMG STOP! IT'S A BLACK RHINO!!!!" my father was like: "Candace GO GO GO! DON'T STOP, OOOHHHHH WE GOING TO DIE!!!!" and my mother was like: "Roland please man, you are behaving like a frantic woman!!!".
I was half asleep because it was midday and I was so tired of driving. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Black Rhino
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Sorry if a bit hazy but was shot through the front windscreen.

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 Post subject: Re: Black Rhino
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Great picture Mike. It looks like he's wounded at his side.


A lot of Black Rhinos have sores on them. In Trevor Carnaby's book 'Beat About The Bush' he writes 'the cause of the lesions often seen on the sides of black rhino are usually the result of a parasite that eats the skin and associated fluids.' He goes on to say 'the black rhino is the only rhino to suffer from this phenomenon.'
In addition the mating ritual of the black rhino can be very aggressive.

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 Post subject: Re: Black Rhino
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Okay here is one of the pictures. He was not really playing the game, only giving us moments to get that shot but we stuck around with him for a while hoping he would go to the river bed, but that was our dream, not his.

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I was amazed how several people just drove on by after asking what we where looking at.
Clearly not that interested in anything that is not a cat!!!
A great highlight for me.

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 Post subject: Rhino wounds - what are they?
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Can anyone tell me what those wounds could be?

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 Post subject: Re: Rhino wounds - what are they?
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That is probably a black rhino.

They get these type of wounds on a regular basis, especially in areas such as KNP. It is caused by a parasite which burrows in to the skin. A type of flat worm. The parasite is transmitted by flies.

Apart from looking ugly, it is not usually serious. It disappears during winter times, probably because of the life cycles of the parasite and the flies.

It does not occur on white rhino, and I also believe not on black rhino in Natal.

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 Post subject: Re: Rhino wounds - what are they?
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Thanks for this most interesting info Imberbe :thumbs_up: It's amazing that worms can cause such wounds.

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and would it be kept "open" by oxpeckers?
I'm afraid so. Must be really painful :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: Rhino wounds - what are they?
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If you look at the top of each wound, it seems as if the skin is scratched. It must be very irritating.

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 Post subject: Re: Rhino wounds - what are they?
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Oxpeckers are a "two edged sword". They do help animals by removing parasites. A large percentage of their food is however obtained from "cleaning" wounds.

Firstly, they do help by removing old and rotting flesh, and in that way assisting in wound healing. But at the same time, they do also keep wounds open, by working at it. It is not intentional, but it has an impact. In this way the wounds are kept open for a longer time, which can become negative.

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 Post subject: Re: Rhino wounds - what are they?
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:thumbs_up: and I suppose if it irritates, a rubbing post might also aggravate the situation?

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