Rhino Catapults Warthog Into the Air

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Rhinoceroses are not the animals you want to piss off — especially not the white rhino.

At 5,100 pounds (2,300 kg), they are the largest of all rhinos. But their size isn’t the only feature that makes them powerful critters. Their front horn, which can grow up to 24 inches (60 centimeters), is their most potent weapon, capable of goring and impaling any varmint unfortunate enough to get in its way.

By Bernard Dupont from France – Common Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) male

In one YouTube video, a white rhino can bee seen flipping a common warthog into the air. The scariest part of the engagement is the lack of provocation. The warthog does nothing to irritate or offend the rhino; yet, the rhino attacks.

Ultimately, the warthog is lucky that the rhino didn’t impale it on its deadly horn, but it was most certainly injured.

Watch the video of the entire attack below.

Yet, despite this dreadful incident, rhinos are in more danger than the other animals around them, and all species of rhinos are either vulnerable to extinction or critically endangered. Due to poaching and the horn trade, white rhino populations have plummeted by 90%. That’s mind-boggling for an animal that has no natural predators as an adult. We can only hope the poachers can be stopped, and the horn trade can be banned.

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