Brute Force and ignorance

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Olympus E 520, 1/400, f5.6, ISO 200

Views: 2128, April 5 2015

Featured in: African art and photography, Animals of Africa, Live, love, dream,
Pictures with the WOW factor, Closeups in Nature, Nature in it’s entirety, Wildlife of Southern Africa, Amateur photographers, Afrikaans, Featured for a challenge, Amateur photographer

If there ever was a living, breathing poster child for brute force and ignorance, it would have to be the rhino (Ceratotherium simum). Weighing in at somewhere between 3 and 4 tons, these massive armoured brutes are a sight to behold. The amazing thing is they only have a brain a little larger than the body size of the accompanying oxpeckers. Someone has remarked that the rhino does something, then 10 minutes later thinks about what they just did! Armed with acute senses of smell and hearing helps to overcome the handicap of very poor eyesight. However, having sensed the presence of a potential threat, in a sad comical way, the rhino will often thrash about trying to sort out what the threat is that they’ve smelt or heard, but can’t see. Heaven help you if you have the unfortunate luck to be in the direct path of his most expeditious route of exit from the situation!

Hluhluwe reserve, South Africa

www.explorationsafrica.com

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