Temperament is not predictable, one Rhino to another. Some of Us are more Demure than others, some are more full of Tabasco.
But often, Rhinos of a defined Disposition assemble in a locale and Social Expectations shift, at least in that region.
Must everyone conform to that norm? Generally speaking, no.
Aging has its drawbacks, as anybody who has tried it can tell you. The gears get rusty. The rhythm section slows down.
However, it’s good to recall that many Rhinos never get a chance to try it out.
By the time Hamlet is over, almost everyone is dead. One by one, the whole cast is done in. Horatio, Hamlet’s pal, is left to assess the damages and wonder how he escaped Mr. Shakespeare’s lethal attentions. We suppose someone had to be left to explain how matters got out of hand.
Rhinos find this aspect of Tragedy interesting. Our worldwide numbers are thinning, so We pay special attention.
Fortunately for Us, Rhinos are stout-hearted critters; We march onward while the marching is good.
The happy Sumatran Rhino shows Us a “today” place in the March of Time. Precarious perhaps, but present. Tight squeezes are no novelty for the Rhino Family. “Close” is often good enough; it’s had to be.
The X up top marks Nature’s creation of RhinoHeart, back when. The dotted line shows how We, as a Family, slipped through the cracks from one age to another. Many Rhino gangs did not successfully duck and dodge, but a few have made it, which is all it takes. Rhinos are slippery. And lucky, knock wood.
Compared to other lines and critters, We are a model of Natural Success. Many more groups are gone than have present-day representatives.
Time and History are comical; Rhinos may survive to have the Last Laugh. We’ll see.
Here you see a Javan Rhino, moving hastily though the brush. This branch of the family is at an existential crossroads, and things do not look promising.
Closely related to the Indian One-horn Rhino branch, the remnants of our line live in the tropical jungles of Java. Our range used to be all over Southeast Asia, but no longer. We have interesting skin, pebbly but not as knobby as our Indian cousins. How did We get to Java?, you might ask. In times past, the ocean level was lower, so We could stroll. Rhinos are accomplished strollers. (see 4/11/15)
Many female Javan Rhinos don’t grow a horn at all. Nature might give a convincing explanation of why that is, but not We.
For obvious reasons, Javan Rhinos are extremely leery of contact with the public.
It has come to our attention that Your Inner Rhino has not been very clear about what parts of the greater Rhino Family are presently represented on the planet. Seems obvious as a topic, but it does not hold our attention to any great extent; We are all Rhinos, We have RhinoHeart, and that’s what counts.
That Said, here you go! Here We have a Sumatran Rhino, the hairiest of the Gang. We live in Southeast Asia, mostly solitary and living in dense jungle. We can weigh a ton, but are the smallest Rhino species. We are surprisingly agile, and are known for a sharp sense of humor. Two horns, but modest.
We are the most ancient lineage of the RFamily living today. We are few in numbers, due to hunting and habitat pressures.
The reason this all seems a bit beside the point is that each Rhino, Sumatran or not, is an individual critter, doing our best to thrive. Seems more important than a label, at least to Us.
“Facts of Life in the Wild”, a post of 11-10-14, addresses some of these issues as well.