Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Rhino bites off more than he can chew – and ends up being bitten on the rump by camel

This three-tonne rhino thought he could get away with throwing his considerable weight around – but a protective camel father was having none of it.

White rhino Marashe was chased away with his tail between his legs after straying too close to Bactrian camel Dougie’s one-month-old calf Nikki. 

Marashe suffered further indignity when he was bitten on the rump by furious Dougie during the chase in the shared enclosure at Longleat Safari Park, Wiltshire. 

‘Nikki’s mum, Camilla, has been particularly aggressive towards the other animals but on this occasion it was Dougie that really got the hump,’ said Longleat keeper Ian Turner, who caught the scene on camera. 

‘Marashe was being a bit too inquisitive around the new arrival and Dougie wasn’t put off by her size or 15in horn and decided to chase after her.’ 

The camels are critically endangered and Nikki is one of three babies born at Longleat over the past year.

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