Don’t let this footage fool you, rhinos are incredibly dangerous animals. So when you hear a wild rhino not only approached a wildlife photographer but then demanded a belly rub, well it kind of sounds like fake news, am I right?
No need to alert National Enquirer, this actually happened to wildlife photographer Garth De Bruno Austin while he was working on a conservation film about rhino poaching in South Africa. He’s actually been filming this particular rhino for a number of years. The rhino must instinctively know that Austin is there to help. He shows a lot of trust in the photographer by approaching him.
“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, “Do NOT try and do this with a truly wild rhino as it may end up with you being dead!”
“FYI, I did not approach this animal, it was completely her decision to let me come into her personal space and touch her.”
Watch the video below:
*Around 15 seconds into the clip, look in the background and you’ll notice a wild cat of some type running through the underbrush--meanwhile, there’s Austin just rubbing a rhino. It doesn’t get much crazier than that.