Rhino Mother and Calf Tries To Survive An Angry Male Attack
By Dominick Mezzapesa
A poor mother Rhino looked on helplessly as her baby calf was flung into the air after an unprovoked male Rhino attacked the pair while grazing.
A 64-year-old insurance broker, Peter Garrun, who was visiting the reserve with his daughter Candice, her husband Seth and their son, witnessed the incredible scene and took the pictures below.
According to Mr Garrun account, the calf and its mother were peacefully grazing upon in the grass of the Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa, when the pair was approached by a seemingly calm 6,000 pound male.
Without warning the male turned angrily toward them and immediately attacked.
After trying to ram them with his horn. The mother, desperately tried to fight off the aggressor and protect her calf at the same time but the pair was eventually separated.
Unable to protect her calf, the mother Rhino watched as the full grown male focused all his attention towards the helpless baby.
The youngster who had no chance against the fully grown male, tried her best to run away from the charging beast.
As the male rhino came hurtling towards her, the frightened calf bolted left and right, crying with fear as she tried her best to dodge out of the way of the enraged Rhino, as its menacing horn was bearing down on her.
But she made a wrong move and the charging Rhino's hulking head rammed her midsection.
Luckily the calf escaped immediate death because the horn was too low and the horn did not pierce her side, instead it slid neatly under her abdomen. But the moment the big male's head touched the small calf body, he lifted it violently up, sending the poor creature flying through the air like a helpless rag doll.
When her body landed with a tremendous thud, the big male was upon the poor defenses calf within seconds. She lay on the ground motionless as the male butted her a few more times before his great bulk caused him to grow weary from his violent outburst,.
The male stood over the motionless body of the youngster, grunted a few times before the exhausted male wandered off into the brush.
With the male now moving away from the young calf, its mother quickly came to its aid and for a few anxious moments the calf remained motionless.
Mr Garrun said: 'We all thought it was dead. But we saw some movement and, after getting up and falling a few times, it stood up and it seemed as though there were no puncture holes, but only scratches with blood.'
The grandfather was later told by the park ranger that the lucky calf would be monitored to look out for any possible internal injuries.
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