Rhinoceros-saw-us! Terrifying moment when a rhino rushes straight at a photographer
- The chilling photos were taken in Kenya’s Nairobi National Park by photographer Gurcharan Roopra
- Mr Roopra said two female white rhinos had fought, before taking turns storming at him
- He kept his cool, stayed in the path of the three-ton beast and was able to catch his attack on him.
- The beautiful photo of the endangered animal shows all her feet off the ground, making it look like she’s flying
An angry white rhino has been pictured on a dirt road in Kenya to a brave photographer who was able to hold out and capture rare photos of the huge endangered animal.
The terrifying photos, taken in Kenya’s Nairobi National Park, show the three-ton beast charging straight at the camera with all her feet off the ground, making it appear as if she’s flying through the air.
Gurcharan Roopra, 42, said he took the photo after a fight between a pair of female white rhinoceroses, in which both their calves participated.
But when the dust settled, Mr. Roopra said that one of the rhinoceroses started charging toward him.
The photographer said he saw the perfect opportunity for a photo, and instead of trying to get himself to safety, he stayed in the path of the huge animal, which thankfully swerved around him at the last minute.
An angry white rhino has been pictured on a dirt road in Kenya to a brave photographer who was able to hold out and capture rare photos of the huge endangered animal at full speed
“At first I thought the rhinos were playing, but when I looked back at the photos there were some bloodstains on them so it must have been intense,” said Mr Gurcharan from Nairobi, Kenya.
“We watched them for about 30 minutes and they moved a lot during the fight.
“At one point, one of the mothers turned and ran towards us and the man who was with me was terrified.
“I’ve been photographing this family of rhinoceroses for the past five years and I know they’re not aggressive characters, so I was pretty calm – quite the opposite!
“When one of the mother rhinos came rushing towards us, it was the perfect opportunity for a photo and I’m very happy with the result.
All four rhinos came running towards the photographers one at a time – but luckily jumped to the left and ran past them in the close-shave encounter.
Gurcharan Roopra said all four rhinos he photographed took turns charging at him
Gurcharan added: ‘I have a full range of her feet up and down on the ground, but the best one is where she looks like she’s flying with all feet off the ground.
“People are always quite shocked when they see this photo. I always get questions about the backstory and if she attacked me.
‘Photography gives me the best form of relaxation and when I come home from the park I fall asleep immediately without any worries.
“It’s even relaxing when a rhino comes running right at you!”
Gurcharan Roopra, 42, (pictured) said he took the photo after a fight between a pair of female white rhinoceroses, in which both their respective calves participated
The white rhinoceros consists of two subspecies: the southern white rhinoceros, of which there are an estimated 19,682-21,077 in the wild (as of 2015) and the much rarer northern subspecies, of which only two are alive – both females and both in captivity.
Rhinos are a common target of poachers who prey on them for their ivory tusks, with uncontrolled poaching during the colonial era believed to be the main factor in the decline of white rhinoceroses.
The animals are easy targets for poachers because of their size, poor eyesight and tendency to travel in herds.