Rhino’s do Battle in Pretoria.

The White Rhinos of Pretoria, Battle at Rietvlei.

“Yesterday morning a small group of White Rhinos did battle at Rietvlei… It is reported that the battle continued all day… “

I would never make a newspaper man… I captured a few photos yesterday of Rhinos doing battle with each other… these thrusts and parry’s are never meant to do harm but when a few tons of armour plated beasts push each other around it looks very dramatic and dangerous, I suspect this was merely a battle of wills or dominance, but it did continue on and off for the whole day… then again maybe one of the ladies was nearing the right time and this was a battle for her favours… who knows with nature.??? but it was good to watch…

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58 thoughts on “Rhino’s do Battle in Pretoria.

    • At the rate at which they are being decimated in Africa, who knows how long photos of this nature will be possible… the misconceptions of the worth of the horn may be the downfall of this specie… so whilst I can record what I can I will… and to think ones finger nail has as much good as the horn… sad isn’t it…

  1. All I want for Christmas is a rhino…… great photos…I especially love your interpretation of what is going on… it is reassuring to see that I am not the only one who adds my own script to photo scenes. Keeping taking those shots 🙂

    • I was probably closer than I should have been when there’s 4 tons of animal pushing each other around… but then you know how the paparazzi are… want to get in your face… that’s me…

    • At one stage I thought my new car was going to get a dent from a reversing fighter… moved very quickly… but you know what a photographer is like … want to be as close to the action as possible…

    • If you ask me this was a battle over a woman… who was the strongest to have the right to breed with her…. I have other photos where every now and then she stuck her nose in between them as if to try and stop the fight… or maybe she was just popping in to remind them what the winner won…
      So unlike humans the strongest wins her favour… unlike humans where the good looking get the heads up… LOL but it did make me think of the story I was told of two woman pushing each other in the supermarket with trolleys… LOL

  2. LOVE this bulldog!!!! What a wonderful way to start my day ~ xxoo RL
    ps: have not checked on beaches yet… but another storm predicted (Noreaster) when I am due to travel 5 hours for medical consult this week ~ maybe should move to your land!! 🙂

    • Damn you can do without that surely… what have you all been doing wrong that you’re being punished…
      Yes it is much safer here.. let me know when you’re coming and I’ll arrange the rest…

    • 😉 I keep wondering too…must be getting prepared for something big in the next life !! ~ Ok – will give you some notice when I’m running away to south Africa to join you and Linda in a ‘whole new world’ ~ xo 🙂

    • I received a phone call today from a friend that had looked at this post and said he was in the supermarket and there were to two women doing the same thing with trolleys… Maybe they misinterpreted my title and decided if they do their battle they might make the Bulldogsturf News Paper as well…LOL (major LOL)

    • (Laughing my head off) Lorna would I mess with you..?? with your sharp tongue… never…
      There are two Rhinos in South Africa.. The white and the black…
      The white Rhino’s name comes from the Wide grass eating mouth, in Afrikaans it was called the “Wyd” and old Dutch “Wijde” both mean wide, and this transformed itself to White by the English that could not say the word or misinterpreted it as being “white”.
      The other or “Black Rhino” is of similar colour to the white, but it is a browser and not a grazer. It is also far more aggressive… and is sometimes known as the hooked lip Rhino as its mouth is almost pointed… The name Black comes from the other being named White….
      But just as a bit of trivia… if a Rhino charges you … don’t get on your knees to see if it is a square or pointed lip Rhino, so that you can tell your mates which one charged you… CLIMB a tree and at high speed… and if there are no trees… hope those that you are with run slower than you….

  3. And now it’s your turn to astound me with what’s in your backyard 🙂 Great shots, such understated aggression. i’m always amazed at rhinoceroses – how precious they are: more than anything else they don’t look as though they belong in this world!

  4. Thanks for these tremendous photos, Bulldogsturf. I get such a thrill seeing them – and knowing the blogger took them makes them more precious.

    Your comment about people not taking the time to watch…so true. There’s incredible things to learn within a few inches of us if we sit quietly. I get a kick out of the personality that shines through in some of these observations.

    Thankfully, we did plenty of watching on our Soul Safari in Madikwe. We saw the Black Rhino with their young. We saw lionesses ready to have Wildebeests for dinner. What mixed feelings when the Wildebeests caught wind and ran. Who did we want to be victors?

    In Northern Canada, I watched two bull moose run at each other and smash their great rack of horns along with their heads. The sound is horrid – it’s hard to imagine they survive. I’m sure their heads ache afterwards – possibly with concussion!

    • How nice to see that you are following me… and what a lovely comment. Madikwe is a wonderful park and to visit there magnificent… The 75000 ha park makes finding the big five so much easier than my favourite Kruger National Park where one rides around 2 000 000 ha in search of what there is to see…
      But as I was brought up in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) the searching is part of the fun…. but when I’m unable to get there I visit the smaller parks where sightings like this one sometimes just fall into your lap…
      I often will take a half a day at the smaller parks and allow the game and birds to come to me… but I enjoy nothing more than sitting in a car with my Grand Children and for an hour or two just observe Zebra or what ever else is around… I can point out and teach them all I learnt from an old African Gentleman in Rhodesia. Zezeba taught me all about the different trees and animals, what to expect from them and which plants I can use for differing ailments…. and now to impart that knowledge to my next generations gives me so much pleasure…
      So few people know how the family units are made up and how the hierarchy within the family groups work… to be able to sit and watch it all happen in front of you, is a pleasure I enjoy… I think my kids get tired of it all sometimes and say yes Dad just to keep me happy…
      I would love to have the experience of watching moose doing battle… I’ve seen it on TV by there is nothing like observing the real thing….Thanks again for such a lovely comment and I hope I haven’t bored you with my long winded reply…

    • I have never before seen a serious push around of these animals and this was seriously interesting… watching the moves to try for the upper hand … wonderful… one can almost equate it to fencing… the epees being their horns…

  5. I know I’ve said it before but I really do hope you know how lucky you are to see all this amazing wildlife. We have birds and bats! Love seeing this – thanks for sharing.

    • Yes I do realise how lucky my whole life has been… growing up in a small village surrounded by wild life… being a Land Surveyor and spending so much time in almost virgin bush amid wild life… and now living in a country that has all this to see, for those who want to… Yes I’m lucky, and often when talking to others living here, wonder why they never seem to get the time to appreciate the absolute relaxation that comes with sitting and watching nature…

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