Hi. I'm Scott. Thanks for scrolling down past the rhinos. I hope it made you smile. They are actually White Rhinoceros - or at least the backside of them. Rhinos are compelling animals to me. Some people like bears, or lions, or chimps, or tigers - definitely all good. But somehow it's rhinos that I find fascinating. Let me share just a few things:
~ The word rhinoceros is a combination of 2 Greek words - rhino (nose) and ceros (horn). A name that speaks the truth! There are 5 living species of rhino.
~ Rhino horns aren't made of bone, but of hair. Must be a lot of Aqua Net, I'm thinking.
~ The closest living relatives to the rhino are horses and zebras. Go figure.
~ A group of rhinos is called a crash. So rhinos really do go crash with their friends sometimes.
~ Rhino pregnancies last 16 months. Enough said.
~ Humans are the greatest threat to rhinos and their continued existence.
~ White rhinos weigh 5,000 pounds or more - that's heavier than most cars on the road.
I mention these things to you in part because the picture might seem a little out of place without some explanation, and also because even though these mighty, fascinating animals are amazing, they are not what people first rush to see when visiting a zoo. According to shareranks.com, the rhino is the 33rd most popular animal at zoos, after the meerkat.
And I would like to use this blog as a way of communicating what I hope will be interesting, important ideas and information - things that deserve more attention, but like the rhino might have slipped down the list.
Please use the comment section to engage in what you find here, always remembering that this is a community of faith, that opinions don't get expressed best through blasts, and that all comments will be reviewed before being posted for relevance and appropriateness. I hope to blog Monday through Friday. I thought I would take the weekend off...oh wait. Never mind. Thanks for stopping by, encourage others to check it out, and blessings to you and yours. That's pretty much all for now, in hindsight.
Posted on Fri, April 11, 2014
by Scott Cassel