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 Post subject: Re: Black Rhino
Unread postPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:07 pm 
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Seen 'somewhere' during my recent trip. I was travelling on a dirt road when I saw 3 Blackies standing in the road. Mother, sub-adult and a very young calf. As i was slowing down they crashed into the undergrowth. In this photo the mother turned round to see who I was and her calf is just behind her. Not the best photo due to the thick bush, but still another Blackie for me.

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 Post subject: Re: Black Rhino
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Just came across some pics from our 2012 trip to Kruger that we had of a Blackie who was actually grazing, just to confuse me! 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Black Rhino
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 Post subject: Re: Black Rhino
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Elsa, your rhino looks like a White Rhino to me. :?

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 Post subject: Re: Black Rhino
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We saw this one on our trip in May :D Only one we did see and he looks like he has had a bit of a battle.
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 Post subject: Re: Black Rhino
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anne-marie wrote:
in the second Elsa's picture, we can see the mouth of a Black Rhino :wink:


I looked at the mouth and yes, it seems suspect, but it is not clear from behind that bush.

I am more looking at the rest of the Rhino and it has a much more prominent skin fold on the front legs than I would like for Black Rhino and the back is almost dead straight and not concave as for a Black Rhino. It also seems to keep a very low head and the animal in general just shows a more bulkier frame which all points more to White Rhino.

Elsa, do you perhaps have any more photos of this beast?

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 Post subject: Re: Black Rhino
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Just to come up for Elsa, :thumbs_up:

The rhino in the pictures are 100% black rhino :clap: . The hair on the tips of the ears and the small head is a clear indication of the species. There is no doubt that Elsa saw a black rhino grazing. The bruise to the skin just behind the front legs are also typical of Black rhino.

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 Post subject: Re: Black Rhino
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Hi DrPhil,

I am no expert on animals, just an interested everyday enthusiast. Therefore the telltale signs such as hair on the ear tips is unknown to me. Thanks for that. I will keep that in mind.

But I can tell you that the skin lacerations and infection on Rhino legs occur definitely on White Rhino as well. I have seen it myself during a visit to the Skukuza boma back in the days when the famous "Oortjies" was kept there and it was explained to me by non other than the famous KNPSpokeman from days gone bye.

I am still not convinced that it is a black Rhino, even though as I said earlier that the lip does look hooked, but the bush could make that a tad misleading.

But would love to be proved wrong on this. :thumbs_up:

Would love to hear comments from other forum members.

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 Post subject: Re: Black Rhino
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Wiltuinman, I should have stated that the hair on the ears must be black for a black rhino it is also thicker than the hair on a white rhino's ears.....

The reason the rhino Elsa photographed has a straight back is because his head is down. If he lifted his head the back will get the kink back.... Because the heads normal position is up it needs to arch its back to get his lips to the ground. On a White rhino with his head down there will still be a kink to the back.

The head is also way to small in comparison to the body to be a white rhino.

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 Post subject: Re: Black Rhino
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Thanks DrPhil.

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 Post subject: Re: Black Rhino
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Clearly a black rhino lip in the second pic of Elsa. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Black Rhino
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These pics were taken last December in the South of Kruger. My best sighting of BR so far :dance:

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Wow. that is a Super Rhino. Look at that record breaking horn. :clap: Quite long I think.


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 Post subject: Re: Black Rhino
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