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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

 

Let's Get Jiggly With It



The highlight of our visit to the San Diego Zoo was probably when the kids got to brush and pet a rhinoceros.

Now that's something you don't get to do every day. I think they'll remember it for a long time.

The rhino enjoyed it too. His skin looked dry and itchy, but it was surprisingly supple and sensitive to the touch.

We found out those lines on his body are simple folds of skin, not the hard armored plates that I had always imagined. I don't know why I've always thought that about rhinos. Probably because I never had the chance to touch one before.

So I gave his folds a good jiggle just to clarify my newfound knowledge.

Laying hands, and brushes, on a wild animal is quite the experience. One which I highly recommend.

Just be sure there's a foot-thick steel bar between you and the creature you are jiggling.


7 Comments:

Blogger Erin said...

Strangely, I feel that that advice could be applicable in a variety of situations.

7:25 AM  
Anonymous Evan said...

Those flaps of skin are actually very protective. Lions will have a hard time trying to claw their way into the insides of the Rhinoceros- not that lions would dare take one- but those things are more than just flaps of skin. They're a lifeline.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Flea said...

What a great experience for the kids.
In Perth my best experience was to feed baby turtles, soo cute, but we had to stay well away from their little beaks.

12:15 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

LOL.... I can just see me telling my wife she has "supple skin, like a rhinoceros."

7:17 AM  
Anonymous john cave osborne said...

i saw a rhino on a safari one time. we were RIGHT next to it. a white rhino, i believe. they are incredible animals. (scary, too!) that was cool. i loved the pic of the brush massage.

1:27 PM  
Anonymous dining furniture said...

Wow! What a great experience! I had always thought that rhinos have armors because they really look like they have one.

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Evan said...

I had my daughters pet tiger cubs once. It lasted around 30 seconds. The critters are too feisty to be left with them even if their claws were removed.

11:44 AM  

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