Watch Four Hyenas Try To Take Down A Gigantic White Rhino By Themselves

Written by Kirstin Harrington
Updated: May 25, 2023
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Key Points

  • White rhinos are the second largest land mammals, with only elephants being heavier.
  • White rhinos weigh between 3,700 and 5,000 pounds and can measure between 5 and  6 feet tall at the shoulder.
  • Owing to their impressive size and bulk, most predators generally think twice about attacking them. However, lions may attack their calves.
White rhinos weigh between 3,700 and 5,000 pounds.

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The white rhino is the second-largest land mammal, and the word “weit,” which means “broad” in the West Germanic language of Afrikaan, refers to the animal’s mouth. White rhinos are also called square-lipped rhinoceros, have an upper lip that is square and nearly hairless. 

These animals have two horns, with the front one being more noticeable than the back one. Rhino horns can grow up to three inches every year and can reach a maximum length of five feet. Males utilize their horns to fight aggressors, while females use them to defend their offspring.

Southern Africa’s grasslands are home to white rhinos, where the climate is mild and there is an average of 27 inches of annual rainfall. They can eat grass for up to ten hours a day, which provides their huge bodies with the necessary nutrition. The only natural predators of adult rhinos are humans, however, lions have occasionally attacked rhino calves.

White rhinos weigh between 3,700 to 5,000 pounds and are 5 to 6 feet tall at the shoulder. After elephants, rhinos are the largest terrestrial animal. Hyenas weigh between 90 and 170 pounds. They range in length from 37 to 59 inches, and their shoulder height is from 29 12 to 33 inches. The male and female spotted hyenas look identical, but the female is noticeably larger.

An Attempt Was Made

We bring up the size of hyenas because a video shows just how confident these small animals can be. You’d think they wouldn’t stand a chance against a giant rhino, but they see the evident power in numbers. 

As one rhino was grazing on a dirt road, four hyenas circle him and make several attempts to take the rhino down. Generally unbothered, the giant white rhino is able to easily defend himself without much effort. 

Lions in Africa and tigers in Asia are the two species that are most frequently known to prey on rhinos, typically young ones. But occasionally, African rhino calves are also known to be killed by crocodiles in the Nile, hyenas, wild dogs, and leopards.

A spotted hyena is known to make several sounds, some of which sound like laughter.


Hyenas, however, are only likely to eat a rhino if another animal had already caught it. In fact, hyenas are known for stealing food. There have been multiple occasions where these sneaky creatures attempt to take a fresh kill from a pride of lions and quickly find themselves in trouble. 

Rhinoceroses are typically solitary creatures that like to keep to themselves. However, some species, most notably the white rhino, might coexist in a group known as a “crash.” Although occasionally mature females might be spotted together, these collisions are typically composed of a female and her calves. Even though this rhino was by his lonesome, he was able to protect himself from the annoying hyenas! 

Check Out The Incredible Footage Below!

Hyenas corner a lone rhinoceros.

Do Hyenas Normally Attack Rhinos?

Indian Striped Hyena in a field
Hyenas are opportunistic predators with a reputation for being extremely ravenous

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Hyenas are highly voracious and opportunistic. If it appeals to their palate (and quite a lot often does), they’ll go for it.

Like most other predators such as leopards or lions, they are most likely to try their paws at grabbing a rhino calf.

While a healthy adult rhino in its prime might prove to be too much of a challenge as it did in this case, hyenas on the prowl might have more luck with an injured, weakened pachyderm.

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Rhinos and elephants tend to often fight over territory.
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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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