Banged Up

In the Wild, We Rhinos have to watch our step. The occasional bump or bruise just goes with the territory, perfectly Natural. But there is a serious Limit.

In the Wild, there is no medical attention, no sick leave. In the Wild, We have to keep moving; if you sit in one place too long, some critter is likely to come take a bite.

We must do what We can, as long as We can, Naturally.

Salt Lix

We Rhinos need Salt (and other minerals) to help our digestion, but our options are limited in the Wild. We depend on the environment producing exposed earth containing these minerals. It’s a good system, all in all, and We do fine. We are always on the lookout.

Rhinos are not alone in this need, but our bodies limit the places We can explore. Different strokes, right?

(Nooooo, We don’t have salt shakers. We were just playin’ with you.)

Everything gets a Beginning

H. Christian Friedrich Ludwig Buschmann, born today in 1805, invented the Harmonica, back in the 1820s. It was a 4-inch cube thing with 15 notes, however many that is. In the background you can see 1820s Berlin, where he was busy.

Congratulations and many thanks, H. Buschmann, is what Rhinos all say.

You may already know this, but Rhinos can make a sound very much like a Harmonica, all on our own. It can be mistaken for a Wheeze.

Respirations

Breathing is very common in the Wild, as you might imagine. Happily, a Reader* has written in to YIR, asking about it.

Rhinos are not only accomplished at Breathing, but We need lots of Air, due to perpetual Ruminations and Scentographic Analysis. Our systems need ventilation. Air is good for that.

Rhinos don’t take Air for granted, that’s for sure. Very useful, Air. Calming, actually.

   *You could too at <wes4747@gmail.com>, with questions or concerns.

Durability

Thick skin, thin skin, Rhinos have both, depending on just where you poke Us. (Call Us thin-skinned if you like, We’d rather you didn’t poke Us, but some folks are slow learners.)

Not all R Family Members have the same composition and distribution of More and Less; different gangs, different surface detailing.

Rhinos are Dermatologically blessed, and We know it!

The Femme Fatale

Miss Irene Adler is the pivotal character in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Scandal in Bohemia, in which she outwits Sherlock Holmes. It is a favorite Holmes story among Female Rhinos. (Ms. Adler was an opera singer before the tale begins, which should tell you a lot about toughness.)

Happily, Mr. Holmes comes to admire her for her cunning and moral fiber.

Mr. Conan Doyle (b.1859) always offers a good read, if only We could.