Watch a Driver Put Pedal to the Metal When a Massive Rhino Charges His Car

Written by Kirstin Harrington
Published: March 23, 2023
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The rhinoceros appears to have wandered into our world from a prehistoric age. Its massive torso is supported by strong legs that resemble tree trunks. It has enormous eyes that look out from a head that transitions to that battering ram horn. 

In our minds, the rhino represents unrelenting might. Nonetheless, this terrifying animal prefers to leisurely browse through plants most of the time. Due to their extreme nearsightedness, rhinos frequently charge when frightened. 

In the wild, rhinos have been seen rushing at trees or boulders. They have an unjustified reputation for having a harsh temper as a result of this protection mechanism. When an intriguing sound that demands complete attention is heard, their ears can move independently of one another. 

A photographer was on an assignment in South Africa and was driving when someone blocked the road. They captured a moment that we’ve included below because they thought it was funny that there was a bit of “rush hour” in the savanna. 

In the footage, we see a lone rhino that’s ready to show the photographer what rush hour is really like in the wild! Multiple times the horned beast charges the car, startling the driver. 

Rhino Sizes

The size and weight of rhinos vary per species. These can be between 4 and 10 feet tall. The tiniest rhinos still in existence are those from Sumatra. They weigh between 1,320 and 2,090 pounds, are between three and five feet tall, and range in length from 6.5 to 13 feet. 

Rhino looking at camera
Rhino horns are prized items in some cultures


The lesser of the two African rhino species is the black rhino. Their weight ranges from 1,720 to 3,080 pounds and their height is five feet on average. The white rhino is the largest member of the African rhinoceros family, weighing 3,080 to 7,920 pounds and towering five to six feet tall.

The Danger of Poachers

One reason they uploaded the video was to prevent future poachers. The rhino has been around for ages, virtually unopposed. Yet, the development of powerful weaponry brought us a brand-new, terrible foe: people. Rhino horn has long been used to treat ailments, particularly fevers. 

Yet, rhino horn is formed of keratin, similar to our fingernails and hair, and has no medicinal benefits. Each year, hundreds of rhinos are killed in Africa only for their horn, which is also utilized in Asia for traditional medicines and in the Middle East for dagger handles. The number of black rhinos was at just over 5,000 at the beginning of the 1990s, a 96% decline.

Take a look below at what happens when an animal in its natural habitat gets spooked when a human is too close. 

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When she's not busy playing with her several guinea pigs or her cat Finlay Kirstin is writing articles to help other pet owners. She's also a REALTOR® in the Twin Cities and is passionate about social justice. There's nothing that beats a rainy day with a warm cup of tea and Frank Sinatra on vinyl for this millennial.

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