People Are Shocked By The Noise Baby Rhinos Make
Ever wondering what noises baby rhinos make? If you're anything like me, you probably concluded the answer was a sort of guttural rhinoy moo. However, as the video below shows, you and I are both very wrong:
As you can hear, the endearing little dudes are far more high-pitched than you probably expected and making a whimpering noise like a grovelling dog - almost like the squeaking of a slowly closing door that hasn't been oiled in a while.
Evidently, this is not the sound people had expected from the mammals, as the comments in a recent Reddit thread on the subject make clear.
One person said: "They sounds like balloons squeaking out little bits of air."
Another said: "Sounds like a cross between a whale and a porcupine!"
A third added: "I heard a cross between a blown up a balloon with the mouth part stretched to squeak the air out and a small, high rpm motor. Maybe a kazoo was thrown in the mix too."
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All very valid interpretations, I'm sure you'll agree.
The clip was filmed at Care for Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary in Mpumalanga, South Africa back in 2016. The noise is actually the rhinos crying when their breakfast ran out.
The baby rhinos were tragically orphaned by poachers, leaving workers at the sanctuary to care for them. The video was shared by Reddit user Nkandla, who added that the rhinos were emotionally scarred from seeing their mothers die and often suffered from nightmares.
In much less upsetting rhino baby-based news, Denver Zoo welcomed it's first ever baby rhino in February after four years and 11 unsuccessful attempts to artificially inseminate 13-year-old Tensing.
Senior Vice President for Animal Sciences at Denver Zoological Foundation, Brian Aucone, said: "The birth of this calf is the result of a truly heroic effort by our animal care, health and science teams and partners from other zoos to support the species.
"It was another very important step in reproductive science for animals in the wild and human care."
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