Rhinos for Breakfast


We came upon them so quickly I wasn’t ready with my new camera, so the photo isn’t focused properly on the subject.  But you can see them hiding there in a mud hole, looking very much like giant clumps of mud, except for the giveaway ears.  We see you, Mr Rhinos!

Chitwan rhinos in mud bath

…And they saw us. Sitting on an elephant looking down, we watched them take an early morning breakfast bath in the glorious mud. Last night it had rained for the first time in four months, heavy jungle rain that left everything soaked and steaming, and we had lain awake listening to the thunder and lightening the night before.  Everything was now so wonderfully cooler, and the rhinos were enjoying what must have been their first mud spa of the season.

chitwan rhinos in a mud bath

Not surprisingly they were not too happy about being disturbed, but they weren’t really skittish or aggressive, just a bit put out. It reminded me more of young kids forced out of the backseat of the bus now that the big kids want their seat back. And the big kid was the elephant, not us. Apparently rhinos and elephants get along just fine. They don’t notice us humans freeloading on the elephant’s back. Its all about the elephant, not us, and the rhinos knew to move over so the big guy could take a turn.  Sorry guys!

chitwan rhino is a mud bath

We stopped to take a close up and the last rhino posed for the shot. I love his mud stripe!

6 thoughts on “Rhinos for Breakfast

  1. I like that mud stripe too. I also went to Chitwan but I took a jeep safari and saw three rhinos. One of them attempted to charge at us twice so our driver sped away each time. I loved that 4 hour jeep drive through the jungle.

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    • Hi. Yes, Chitwan is great. However, there aren’t abundant animals like Africa, as there were a lot of wildlife losses during the Maoist insurgency about ten years ago and also just from poaching and development. But in recent years they’ve managed to stop a great deal of the poaching and protect the forest through community forest programs, and its actually become a template for how other countries could protect their wildlife. Do visit if you can!

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      • So sad to hear about the losses, but how amazing that they are making such a difference now. Brilliant silver lining. It is very tempting – not practical quite yet with a young baby in tow, but definitely one for the future! x

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