Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros

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Rhinoceroses, or rhinos, are big and ancient-looking and can be dangerous. They can also be shy and are seldom seen. Once there were hundreds of rhino species, but today there are only five. One ancient rhino called Indricotherium was the largest land mammal that ever lived. It was 5m high at the shoulders and 8.5m long — twice the size of today’s biggest elephant! Rhinos living now are still big, averaging 2-3m long and weighing up to 3,600kg.  But they have more to fear from people than we do from them.