Animals Video

By Mikey Jones

A rhino was caught in the act of scratching its armoured skin the only way it knows how- against a tree.

Ranger Brendan Cole who has worked at the Mala Mala Game Reserve in South Africa for four years took the funny video while guiding and hosting a safari trip.

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The massive rhino appears to mount a cut-down tree to scratch its hard to reach soft and sensitive areas in comedic fashion.

Brendan said: “The video sheds a different more comical side of rhinos which is not always experienced and is incredibly refreshing taking into account, the current situation with regards to the rhino poaching problem Africa, and especially South Africa, are facing.

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“Rhinos are massive beasts and are not the most flexible beings. There are some places on their bodies which they cannot reach themselves and rely on an external object to do the job for them.

“In this case the rhinos had a terrible itch in those difficult to reach places and the fallen over tree was the perfect solution to the problem.

“They have very thick, leathery skin but surprisingly, on softer parts of the body, they are very sensitive to bites from insects and parasites.

“Ticks are the main cause for rhinos seeking out these low-lying logs. Ticks bite and latch onto the more softer sensitive areas of the rhino’s body, particularly where there are folds in the skin.

“I have seen it many times before but never to the comical extent as the video suggests which is why it was a moment I could not resist capturing on film.

“The satisfied feeling expressed through their body language is something which left a memorable impression on both myself and guests in my vehicle.”