NAIROBI PARK DIARY

Run, baby, run!

Baby rhinos provide a spectacle as they bathe in mud

In Summary

• How could any sane-minded person want to slaughter such gentle giants?

A baby rhino bathes in mud
A baby rhino bathes in mud
Image: GARETH JONES

As I drove through the park late one afternoon, I noticed some movement in the small stream “lugga” in a valley. Wow! It was a white rhino with a small calf, enjoying a wonderful mudbath.

The little baby almost comically copied his mother by rolling in the mud with all four legs in the air. I sat for some time, watching them as they peacefully bathed in the mud.

As I sat quietly, they approached quite quickly as their muddy wet bodies glistened in the late afternoon sunlight.

 
 
 

Then as if “mom” said “go play now!” the little one started playing. No doubt the cool fresh air and the muddy moments appeared to stimulate the baby rhino to seemingly have endless energy.

The baby began to run and run and run, all around “mom”, almost as if the legs had only just realised they could… Run!

As I watched, I silently cheered in my mind, “Run, baby, run!” The enthusiasm of the tiny baby was such that even “mom” seemed to forget she was an adult for a short time, as she joined in the fun.

It was indeed a rare and wonderful moment to observe and feel the free and wild mood of the white rhinos. I contrasted this special moment with the sober reality of the cruel world we live in. How could any sane-minded person want to slaughter such gentle giants?

Actually, the white rhino offspring now in Nairobi National Park came from South Africa in the 1970s. So maybe the rhinos speak “rhinise” with a slight South African accent?

I hope and pray that future generations will have the awesome privilege to observe rhinos in the wild, and maybe also enjoy watching a “run, baby, run” moment!

The park is open daily from 06h00 to 19h00.

 

For more information on the park you can link to the following website  www.kws.org