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Friday, June 17, 2016

Greater Indian Rhinoceros

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The greater Indian rhinoceros is a descendant of an old species of rhinoceros. Despite its fearsome appearance, it is a generally peaceful animal.

Measuring more than 12 feet long, and weighing up to 2 tons, the greater Indian rhinoceros is bigger and heavier than a car. It may appear to be ponderous and slow, but it can suddenly charge at frightening speed to drive off rivals or enemies who stray too close.

The greater Indian rhinoceros lives in dense growths of tall elephant grass in swampy areas near rivers. Her it wallows in the shallow water and mud to keep cool during the day. It may also head for higher ground to search for food.

The greater Indian rhino is principally a grazing animal. It moves around constantly to take advantage of fresh plant growth. Adaptable in its feeding methods, the rhino a a widely varied diet. It eats new plant growth as well as bamboo shoots, water hyacinths, and a variety of crops, which can make the rhino a nuisance to farmers.

Did you know?
  • Greater Indian rhinoceroses are vulnerable to sunburn. By wallowing in the mud, they protect their skin from the sun. 
  • In the first weeks of giving birth, mother rhinos produce 5 to 7 gallons of milk a day. 
  •  Relative to their large body size, rhinoceros have small brains.

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