AR-News: Rhino gets amorous with car

jim robertson wolfcrest at
Thu Apr 22 18:24:04 EDT 2004

Rhino gets amorous with car
Thursday, April 22, 2004 Posted: 9:16 AM EDT (1316 GMT)

LONDON, England (Reuters) -- A rampant rhinoceros gave a group of visitors a 
glimpse of nature in the raw at a British safari park when he tried to have 
sex with their car.

Sharka, a two-ton white rhino, got amorous with Dave Alsop's car when he 
stopped with three friends to take pictures of the animal mating with his 
partner Trixie at the West Midland Safari Park.

The 12-year-old rhino tried to mount the Renault Laguna from the side, 
denting the doors and ripping off the wing mirrors before Dave drove away 
with a puffing Sharka in pursuit.

"He was a big boy and obviously aroused," Alsop told the Sun newspaper on 

"He sidled up against us. The next thing I know he's banging away at the car 
and it's rocking like hell."

A spokeswoman for the park, which says "rhinos are not particularly 
intelligent animals" on its Web site, said Sharka was a hit with the female 
rhinos and had fathered two calves in the last five years.

"He's got a bit of a reputation this lad and he was obviously at it again," 
she added.


Copyright 2004 Reuters.

In their behavior toward creatures, all men are Nazis.     ~ Isaac Bashevis 

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