Spare a thought for this rhino on the sharp end of a rival’s horn.
A rhinoceros is one of any five extant species. They became as well as any of the numerous extinct species. Two of the extant species are native to Africa and three to Southern Asia.
Safari guide Andrew Obaga captured this vicious battle for supremacy between two rhino.
The fight saw one of the black rhino pursuing the other in a high-speed chase before landing a painful blow to his opponent’s chest with his horn.
What does the Rhino use the horn for?
It is known that rhinos use their horns for several behavioural functions: including defending territories, defending calves from other rhinos and predators, maternal care and foraging behaviour, such as digging for water and breaking branches.
The rhino limps off to tend after a rare encounter. Mr Obaga said ‘took his breath away.’
Paul Goldstein, owner of Kicheche Laikipia camp, said that despite the brutality of the encounter. It was heartening to see two of the endangered animals together in the wild.
He said: ‘Sadly, it is rare that one can invoke the collective for rhino, but last week a crash was doubly pertinent.
‘Some lucky people actually witnessed a mid-day battle between two Laikipia high altitude black rhino.
‘They sparred and chased and finally the vanquished went to soothe its not inconsiderable wounds in a water tank not generally used for this purpose.
‘This High Noon encounter was expertly shot by Kicheche Laikipia guide Andrew Obaga, who has worked for Kicheche for many years.
‘But he was astonished by this fight, saying this was an extended encounter and really took the breath away.’
By SIMON TOMLINSON FOR MAILONLINE– Daily Mail