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Charging rhino issues definitive warning with ‘light tap’ of vehicle

A black rhino put a scare into a vehicle full of wildlife observers when it fake-charged and then charged again, actually striking the vehicle.

Sam Vorster, a wildlife monitor in Kruger National Park, was driving back to camp after observing a pack of wild dogs make a kill when she spotted the black rhino she had seen several times before.

“When you see the same animal frequently you get to know their behavior,” Vorster told LatestSightings about the recent incident at the world-famous South African park. “His was generally quite passive, although true to his species, he would sometimes mock charge us, as black rhinos are want to do.

“I could see his condition was not as good as normal, thus needed a better look. I was calm and collected and trying to both calm the excited volunteers I had with me, as well as calm the animal.

“I expected him to be a bit less tolerant, hence the quiet soothing tones I am using in the video that make me sound like I’m trying to be the next Morgan Freeman. As he was coming towards us to investigate, one of the volunteers dropped their camera strap, which startled him.

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“People are not good at listening to instructions to keep still, especially if they are holding a camera. He only left muddy lip prints on the vehicle, but his unspoken words were clear.

“I have watched a truck being lifted by an angry black rhino before. It was obvious this ‘light tap’ was a warning, not the real deal.”

To avoid the “real deal,” Vorster dropped her phone and quickly drove off.

Photo courtesy of LatestSightings.

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