Rhinos are a massive source of inspiration to me. They are amazing animals. Yet, they are dying out. So, as part of the Animal Series Tag that I was invited to participate in by the lovely Liz C, I focus on Rhinos. Here is why they inspire me.
1. Rhinos may not be the most photogenic of animals but that doesn’t make them any less beautiful.
2. Rhinos have a think skin. It’s important in life to brush off the negativity that surrounds you at times. Whether it’s people rejecting you or bullying you, having a thick skin will help you ensure that those folk don’t get you down.
4. Rhinos run fast in short spurts. In life, it’s often better to make short term goals and charge at them, complete them, celebrate and repeat. Long term plans can often have changes in circumstance.
5. It’s okay for things to get a little muddy at times – just like a Rhino, it’s okay if the journey isn’t perfect but messy. Things can get messy at times. But don’t be afraid of the mess, just roll with it and enjoy the ride.
I never really took that much notice of rhinos growing up When I was a child I thought they were cool. They look different and they had an awesome horn after all. But it wasn’t until I was older that I realised just how special they are. It all started with finding out about Sudan who is the last male northern white rhino.
Sudan has to have 24/7 round the clock protection from armed guards. It’s a crime but it is unlikely that we will be able to save his species from extinction. And why? For the illegal trade of rhino horn (an item made of keratin, the same thing that is found in our fingernails) and lest we forget trophy hunting. It takes a big person to kill an innocent creature so let’s give a big shout out to cretins like the owner of Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwiches. You are one giant tool.
Anyway, after hearing about Sudan, I took much more of an interest in rhinos and they are such amazing creatures. They are intelligent, sociable, considerate animals that have been known to bond with other animals (including dogs and goats). People just seem to forget them because they aren’t cute and fluffy in the standard sense. Don’t get me wrong, I think they are magnificent and beautiful creatures but less people are going to go “aww” than they would say a panda. It’s a shame because we will lose them and our children and children’s children will never know what they missed. And in many ways, I feel like a rhino. I’m big and not conventially cute and not often acknowledged. But there is more to me than you’d think. In that regard, rhinos and I are rather kindred spirits. I just hope we can save them.
As for my nominations for this, I will pass them onto you in due course. Thank you again to Liz for the nomination.