See an Aggressive Rhino Ram a Giraffe Before Getting Kicked in the Horn and Retreat in Shame

Written by Hannah Crawford
Updated: October 23, 2023
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Visiting zoos and animal exhibits is one of the best outings that families can do together. Being able to see wild animals up close but in a docile atmosphere makes for a great experience that families can have as a unit. However, we would be careful to remember that even in a controlled environment with zookeepers, gates, and fences, these animals will sometimes revert to their nature even if they are born into captivity. 

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In this funny YouTube video posted below by the Polish Dr. Dolittle page, we see an aggressive rhino that tries to ram into an enormously tall giraffe. The video starts with this giraffe aimlessly walking through his enclosure. And for whatever reason, this rhinoceros decides to pick a fight with this giraffe. Perhaps it was a slow zoo day. 

He walks up behind the giraffe and almost fake rams into the giraffe. If you replay between one and two seconds, we see the rhino kicking up dust but not fully ramming into the giraffe. This was wise on his part. However, it was still unwise that he tried to hang around. Then, the rhino goes toward and bumps his head against the giraffe’s leg. 

The giraffe waits no time at all. He immediately reacts, kicks his leg back, and smacks the rhino in the face. It is so loud that not only do we hear it on video, but we also hear the verbal responses from the people videoing this interaction. Watch the replay starting at eight seconds to catch it!

Only then does the giraffe start to turn around, and this rhino high-tails it out of there so quickly that it makes you chuckle a little. 

How Powerful is a Giraffe Kick?

Male giraffe kick the female giraffe

Giraffes can run up to 30 miles per hour.

©Kim Fooyontphanich/

When we look at the giraffe here in this video, it is easy to be mesmerized by the beauty of this animal because of its height. The giraffe can weigh anywhere from 550-1,930 kilograms (1,200-4,200 pounds) and reach a height between 4-6 meters (13-20 feet).

With this height, it’s not difficult to imagine that giraffes are the tallest animals in the world

A giraffe’s kick, however, has a powerful kick that is known to decapitate animals if the blow is hard enough. According to Animals Research, they have this to say about a giraffe’s kick. 

“Their long legs and extended reach make their kicks especially dangerous and effective in potentially killing their attacker. It’s recommended not to touch giraffes, even in captivity, as they generally do not like being touched.”

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Corrie Barnard/

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About the Author

Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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