Ten fun facts about Rhinoceros

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Fact 1
The horns of a rhinoceros are made of keratin similar to that which makes up our hair and fingernails. These horns are prized the world over and has put rhinoceroses at high risk as endangered animals as poachers are interested in killing them for their horns.

Fact 2
A group of rhinoceroses is called a ‘crash’.

Fact 3
Have only three toes on each foot and sleep either standing up or lying down.

Fact 4
A full grown rhinoceros is typically about 12 to 15 feet in length and about 6 feet in height.

Fact 5
Rhinoceroses are herbivores animals and usually graze on grass. They also eat plant shoots, trees and bushes.

Fact 6
These animals are near-sighted and react with ill-temper when they hear movements. However, they possess a good sense of hearing and smell but have poor eyesight. They also have symbiotic relations with oxpeckers, which are little birds that eat ticks and insects off the animal. These birds alert the animal when they sense imminent danger.

Fact 7
Rhinoceroses enjoy human attention in zoos and understand commands. They are capable of playing ‘fetch’ and painting.

Fact 8
They live up to 40 years in the wild and can run agilely at a speed of 40 miles per hour and also take sharp turns.

Fact 9
Rhinoceroses avoid sunburn by rolling in mud which protects their thin skin. The dirt protects their bodies from blood sucking insects.

Fact 10
These animals live in solitary splendor. However, their territories may sometimes overlap and water holes and wallows are sometimes shared. They communicate with each other through grunts and squawks and practice intricate breathing exhalations.

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Short about Rhinoceros
Have a stocky but powerful built and can weigh up to about 3,500 lbs to 6,000 lbs when fully grown.