Rhino 'Attacks' Zoo Staff

  carver 08:11 AM 10 Feb 12

I just had to post about this Wild Rhino I know it's supposed to be serious but all I could think of while watching was that this wouldn't be out of place in a Monty Python sketch..

  Forum Editor 23:41 PM 11 Feb 12

I'm quite sure that the same people who are rolling around with laughter at this would be the first to point the 'why on earth weren't the staff trained to deal with such a situation?' finger if a rhino got loose and injured or killed someone.

The sight of the four shuffling feet under the fake rhino did bring a smile to my lips, but rhinos are unpredictable animals, and one running amok in a crowded zoo would be anything but funny.

It can happen, in fact it did happen at the South Lakes Wild Animal Park in Cumbria in 1997. The rhino was shot dead, so great was the fear of it attacking people.

As Condom says, the Tokyo zoo is in an area notorious for earthquakes - the prospect of a large wild animal escaping as a result of earthquake damage might not be so far-fetched, and the Japanese are pretty nervy about such things for obvious reasons.

It got the zoo some free worldwide internet publicity at any rate.

  morddwyd 07:26 AM 12 Feb 12

"but rhinos are unpredictable animals,"

No they're not, they're bad tempered and violent and will attack anything on sight!

  Forum Editor 08:07 AM 12 Feb 12


I'm not a rhino expert; I based my remark on what I was told by a game warden in the Masai Mara. Rhinos in zoos and in game reserves become used to seeing people, and will rarely initiate aggression unless they feel stressed.

The problem is, it's apparently almost impossible to detect stress in a rhino, hence the 'unpredictable' comment.

  hssutton 09:21 AM 12 Feb 12

morddwyd I can confirm what the the FE said, see my post and photo 3rd from the bottom on page 1 of this thread

  morddwyd 09:52 AM 12 Feb 12

You can say the same about lions and tigers in zoos, circuses and private homes.

They can, and do, attack after years of apparently "getting used to" humans.

Any game warden who turns his back on a wild rhino has not been in the job long!

  Quickbeam 09:03 AM 10 Feb 12

It makes the annual pantomime horse look quite real...

  Aitchbee 10:05 AM 10 Feb 12

How did Gareth Hale get involved in this? (White-bearded-zoo-man)

...was Norman (Pace) bringing up the rear?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:23 PM 10 Feb 12

"Stand still while we put the nets on, there's a good rhino"


  spuds 16:10 PM 10 Feb 12

It's got to be a wind-up or publicity stunt!.

  carver 19:16 PM 10 Feb 12

Tangalooma_2006 never mind gave you some thing to talk about. So I gather you aren't into comedy.


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