By Shannon Lane @Shannonroselane
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The Moringa waterhole in Namibia, Africa, is famous for the variety of animals that come to bathe and drink in the waters.
These two African species are usually civil to each other, however the arrival of the rhino clearly peeved one of the juvenile elephant.
When wildlife photographer, Andrew Forsyth witnessed the female black rhino arriving to the waterhole whilst a herd of elephants were cooling off, he assumed it would be a peaceful scene.
Andrew said: “For the first few minutes the rhino was ignored by the elephants, but then a single juvenile elephant became agitated and gave some threat displays.
“These involved extending the ears to make itself look larger, kicking rocks and shaking it’s head while trumpeting. It also did ‘mock charges’ which involves putting it’s head down and charging towards the rhino, but stopping short of contact.”
Considering the black rhino’s infamous short temper, this particular animal was surprisingly tolerant of the youngster’s over – confidence at first.
The British photographer said: “This carried on for nearly an hour, with the youngster being joined by a couple of others and becoming bolder. The rhino retreated into the bush just a few metres away from the waterhole but was followed by the young elephants.
“At this stage the rhino became more threatening, as if she had had enough of the trouble and responded with more robust charges of her own. The elephants would run away because they only had small tusks and could not hope to match the rhino in a fight.”
Whilst the rhino began charging at the teen elephants, she luckily would stop short of contact, which could’ve caused serious injury to the youngsters.
Andrew said: “I guess that the rhino knew that the rest of the herd, which were quietly drinking around the waterhole, would attack her if she got into a fight, and all she wanted was to keep them at arms length and not risk injury herself.”