Rhino-saw us! Terrifying moment, a rhino charges directly at a photographer
Rhino-saw us! Terrifying moment a rhino charges directly at a photographer
- The stunning photos were taken in Nairobi National Park in Kenya by photographer Gurcharan Roopra
- Mr Roopra said two female white rhinos fought before taking turns charging against him
- Keeping his cool, he stayed in the way of the three-ton beast and was able to capture its charge on him.
- The stunning photo of the endangered animal shows all of its feet above the ground, making it appear as if it is flying
An angry white rhino has been photographed hurtling down a dirt road in Kenya on a brave photographer who managed to hang on and take rare photos of the huge, endangered animal.
Taken in Nairobi National Park in Kenya, the terrifying photos show the three-ton beast charging straight at the camera with all of its feet above the ground, making it appear as if it is flying through the air.
Gurcharan Roopra, 42, said he took the photo following a scuffle between a pair of female white rhinos, which their two respective calves also joined.
But as the dust settled, Mr Roopra said one of the rhinos started charging towards him.
The photographer said he saw the perfect opportunity for a photo, and rather than getting to safety, he stayed in the path of the huge animal, which thankfully swerved around him at the last second.
An angry white rhino was pictured hurtling down a dirt road in Kenya on a brave photographer who managed to hang on and capture rare footage of the huge endangered animal at full speed
“At first I thought the rhinos were playing fighting, but when I looked at the pictures they had bloodstains so it must have been intense,” said Mr Gurcharan from Nairobi, Kenya.
“We watched them for about 30 minutes and they moved around a lot while fighting.
“One of the moms turned around at one point and ran towards us and the guy who was with me was absolutely terrified.
“I’ve photographed this rhino family for the past five years and know they aren’t aggressive characters, so I was pretty calm – quite the opposite!
“When one of the rhino mothers came to charge us, it was the perfect opportunity for a photo and I’m really happy with the result.
The four rhinos ran towards the photographers one by one – but luckily they jumped to the left and passed them during the close shave encounter.
Gurcharan Roopra said the four rhinos he photographed took turns charging towards him
Gurcharan added, “I have a full sequence of her feet up and down on the ground, but the best is where she looks like she is flying with all feet above the ground.
“People are always quite shocked when they see this photo. I always get questions about the backstory and if it was charging me.
“Photography gives me the best form of relaxation and every time I come home from the park I immediately fall asleep without worry.
“It’s even relaxing when a rhino rushes straight at you!” “
Gurcharan Roopra, 42, (pictured) said he took the photo following a scuffle between a pair of female white rhinos, which their respective two calves also joined.
The white rhino consists of two subspecies: the southern white rhino, of which there are an estimated 19,682 to 21,077 living in the wild (as of 2015) and the much rarer northern subspecies. , of which there are only two living – both females and both in captivity.
Rhinos are a common target for poachers who hunt them for their ivory tusks, with uncontrolled poaching in colonial times being seen as the major factor in the decline of white rhinos.
Animals are easy targets for poachers due to their size, poor eyesight, and tendency to travel in herds.