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Rhinocerose

Rhinoceroses are known as Rhino and are endangered species. They take herbivorous diet and have a 1.5 to 5 cm thick protective skin. They have thickly mattered hair on the skull without any skeletal support known as horn. They have acute hearing and sense of smell, but poor eyesight over any distance. Most rhinoceros live to be about 50 years old or more.

Facts about Rhinoceroses

  1. The strongest animal in the world is the rhinoceros beetle. It can lift 850 times its own weight.
  2. The African black rhinoceros excretes its own weight in dung every 48 hours.
  3. The Sumatran rhinoceros is smaller than other rhino and has two horns. Only about 150 remain, but even these are in serious danger from hunters.
  4. Rhinos can't see well, so they sometimes charge objects like trees and rocks, mistaking them as threats. But rhinos have keen senses of smell and hearing.
  5. Rhinos don't clash just with other animals or objects; sometimes they fight with each other. Males often battle over territory and females. Even courting males and females sometimes fight one another.
  6. Black rhinos use the bigger of the two horns on their noses as weapons in a fight. Their horns, made of a substance similar to that of human fingernails, sometimes break off, but they regenerate, or grow back.
  7. Female rhinos also use their horns to protect their babies from predators such as lions, crocodiles, and hyenas. In spite of their fierce reputation, black rhinos do have a "softer" side.
  8. The females are very attentive mothers. They look after their young for years, protecting them from enemies and teaching them how to survive independently.
  9. Young rhinos usually stay with their mothers until a sibling is born. By then they're generally over two years old, almost adult size, and ready to live on their own.
  10. Humans are the only real threat to adult black rhinos. No other animal is a match for a full-grown rhino and its heavily armored body of very thick skin and lethal horns. But human poachers threaten the species' survival.

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