36 thoughts on “Lamb teaches baby rhino to gambol

  1. I don’t know that the rhino is trying to gamble so much as it’s practicing its threat behavior.

    Still absurdly cute, though.

            1. It’s autocorrect, not autocollect.

              But I’ll bet there are some unreality organizations that wish there were.

              1. Actually…autocollect is the goal of most corporations these days. Don’t just sell something to somebody, but get them to sign up for “low” monthly payments. American telecommunications companies have this nailed; almost nobody actually owns a phone. Automakers, too; again, many perpetually lease their cars and never wind up owning them.

                …and then there’s real estate. Might be hard to believe, but “no-principal” loans are actually a thing. And so many others keep getting equity loans every time the market goes up that there’s basically no hope of them ever paying off the mortgage.


    1. Yeah, but that is what the lamb is doing as well. Play is practice.

      Cats are cute when they chase a laser pointer. They are less cute when they bring you dead birds.

      1. What if the cat brings you a dead laser-pointer-carrying person?
        Or, for a house cat, just a forearm. Rigorously gripping the pointer.

          1. Sometimes I worry that we are rapidly approaching a time in which all conversation, no matter how boring or brilliant, obvious or obscure, can trivially be substituted by a relevant XKCD strip.


          2. Oh, an XKCD! And I can’t place the cartoon from the number.
            [now trying to remember the name of the X-person with the skin-boiling eyes. Cyclops?]

            1. Yeah, that’s Cyclops, though he’s supposed to fire beams of pure kinetic energy (though writers do forget this and give him Superman style heat vision from time to time).

  2. Very cute! The baby rhino looks like it’s trying to copy to me.

    The lamb looks more like a kid (goat) to me, but if it’s in Africa, it could easily be a breed of sheep I don’t know.

  3. The lamb’s gamboling resembles stotting, suggesting that this particular form of playfulness perhaps serves as a kind rehearsal for adaptive predator-deterrence behaviors.

    Rhinos presumably don’t have much need for stotting, so I wouldn’t care to guess what the rhino thinks it’s doing. But it’s worth noting that there’s a third party to this interaction, namely the person holding the camera, and the rhino seems to spend much of its time orienting to the human rather than to the lamb.

    1. “kind of rehearsal”, not “kind rehearsal”. (Though I’ve observed a number of unkind rehearsals.)

  4. I’m thinking the goat/lamb is trying to get the rhino to follow down the road. The rhino is stopped by the cameraman who is taken for a threat. They go back from whence they’ve come and all is well.

  5. I’ve seen footage of a baby rhino doing this behaviour in the wild.. charging around it’s mother looking very happy and alive. I just hope it still is.
    I am sure some would have seen the BBC Africa series David Attenborough footage of an undisclosed water hole in South Africa where a large number of black rhinos gather for a huge social function, all under the stars, amazing to say the least.

  6. Awww!

    The very fact that both animals were out there loose shows that both are quite accustomed to humans. I didn’t think the baby rhino was approaching the cameraperson aggressively, but more like it was curious or looking for guidance/reassurance or wondering, “is it lunchtime yet?”

  7. I wonder at what point rhinos develop that nervous attitude about things coming and going within their poor field of vision as this rhino baby clearly has no issues with the goat coming and going all around him/her?

  8. Ponderous though he may be, I think the little rhino is gamboling just fine! Given his bulk and limited range of motion, I’m impressed he’s gamboling as well as he is!

  9. Anyone who thinks these animals aren’t “playing” has to explain to me the exact difference between what they’re doing and what young humans do.

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