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Rhino runs with full fur to terrified safari tourists – but suddenly changes his mind

Charge! Rhino runs with full fur to terrified safari tourists – but suddenly comes on the brakes and changes his mind

  • Sjoerd van der Werff and his family visited the Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania
  • The family was in the jeep when a rhino ran towards them
  • Rhino spread his feet before hitting a hidden trail at the last minute

A group of tourists had a happy escape when a rhino rushing to their jeep abruptly left a hidden trail at the last minute.

Sjoerd van der Werff was on a family vacation to Tanzania when they decided to visit the Ngorongoro crater.

Footage shows the lonely rhino sprinting over a rural road in the protected area.

This is the tense moment that a rhino suddenly rejects a hidden path in the Ngorongoro Crater-protected area in Tanzania

This is the tense moment that a rhino suddenly rejects a hidden path in the Ngorongoro Crater-protected area in Tanzania

The family who visited Tanzania saw the rhino running to their car for the first time. But they managed to make a happy escape when the animal seemed more interested in another route

The family who visited Tanzania saw the rhino running to their car for the first time. But they managed to make a happy escape when the animal seemed more interested in another route

The family who visited Tanzania saw the rhino running to their car for the first time. But they managed to make a happy escape when the animal seemed more interested in another route

It then moves close to the edge before crossing over to the other side of the road.

The animal swings its body in front of the terrified passengers while deciding where it is going.

It strikes its own breaks, spreading its giant feet on all sides, in the clip of July 20 and recently shared online.

The African animal paused for a moment before he spread his feet and changed direction, in the clip shared by Sjoerd van der Werff

The African animal paused for a moment before he spread his feet and changed direction, in the clip shared by Sjoerd van der Werff

The African animal paused for a moment before he spread his feet and changed direction, in the clip shared by Sjoerd van der Werff

Seconds later the wild animal stomps through a break in the hedge and disappears on a hidden trail.

The front passengers of the car then move their heads forward to get a better view while a truck drives over the empty road.

Rhinos can run at speeds of 50 mph and are clearly faster than other African species – hippos reach 18 mph and elephants about 26 km.

There are white rhinos between 17,212 and 18,915, the majority of whom live in South Africa, after decades of conservation work.

Meanwhile, the terrified tourists sat in their Jeep and watched. Rhinos can run at speeds of 50 mph and are clearly faster than any other African species

Meanwhile, the terrified tourists sat in their Jeep and watched. Rhinos can run at speeds of 50 mph and are clearly faster than all other African species

Meanwhile, the terrified tourists sat in their Jeep and watched. Rhinos can run at speeds of 50 mph and are clearly faster than all other African species

More than 1,000 rhinos were killed between 2013 and 2017, and two and a half every day.

But there has been a decrease of 259 from 2017 to last year, according to the South African Ministry of the Environment.

Nine black rhinos were flown from South Africa to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania as part of efforts to restore the population.

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