The Star (Nairobi)

14 July 2012

Kenya: Nairobi Park Diary - Tiny Rhiny

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As I rounded a corner, a white rhino stood tentatively on the edge of the road, looking at my vehicle. Then I saw the reason for her concern, a tiny calf stood just behind her in the long grass. They retreated into the thick bush as I waited patiently for them to possibly re-emerge and eventually, they did!

Soon, the mother walked into the road and ambled slowly downhill as 'Tiny Rhiny' ran after her. I kept my distance to allow them to hopefully be relaxed and behave as naturally as possible. All too soon they disappeared off the road into the long grass. After they had gone, I wondered what rhinos thought of cars and people. I imagined them talking to each other in rhinese language and the calf saying, "Mommy, mommy...what is that big shiny smelly noisy thing in the road?"

And the mother knowingly said, "Take care my child, it is known to us as a grumbleshine, very unpredicable and smelly like volcano gas, they move quickly and have funny round legs with shiny unattractive bodies, large eyes on their sides sometimes open and human-like heads appear and talk loudly. "Really mommy!" the calf exclaimed."Yes my child, this world is crazy at times, but if you stay in the bush with me you should be okay." If only everything was all "okay" in the bush. We pray the right people will act wisely for the future of rhinos in Africa.

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