It was just another ordinary day for cameraman Garth De Bruno Austin, who was shooting a conservation film about rhino poaching in South Africa, when he was suddenly approached by a rhino asking for a belly rub.
All of this was captured in a 15-second video that proves even rhinos need some TLC every now and then.
“If a rhino walks straight up to you while you’re filming and wants some rubs… you better rub that rhino like your life depends on it!,” Austin writes. “Lucky for me she left my URSA Mini 4K camera alone!”
Austin is quick to warn that rhinos can be extremely dangerous and that although this rhino was a wild one, the man had managed to build up a level of trust with the animal after spending years filming it.
“Do NOT try and do this with a truly wild rhino as it may end up with you being dead!,” Austin says. “FYI, I did not approach this animal, it was completely her decision to let me come into her personal space and touch her.”
‘She is secured in a private sanctuary with 24/7 armed security and has been dehorned to deter poachers.’
Poachers killed a rhino in a French safari park and cut off its horn with a chainsaw in a savage raid last week.
The four-year-old animal, called Vince, was found dead in Thoiry zoo, not far from Paris.
A source said ‘the animal had been shot with three bullets to the head, and his horn was cut off with a chainsaw.
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