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This picture was taken in The Rietvlei Reserve on the outskirts of the city of Pretoria. These rhinos are resting after their mud bath. The antilope in the background are blesbuck (Damaliscus pygargus phillipsi).


Have a great rest, this weekend.



comments (18)

C'est l'heure de la sieste. Ceux-là  ont échappé aux braconniers.
Louis: Yes, a big animal takes a big nap, Martine smile
Wonderful photo, Louis, they look very content.
Louis: Thank you Frank. Being contented is such a privilege.
Terrific shot, Louis - you'd never guess the other side of this personality.
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth. That other part only becomes visible, when they are threatened - or perceive to be threatened.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Nov 2016, 04:18
Great pic, Louis...especially with the city as the backdrop!
Louis: The main focus of the place is a dam and waterworks, to provide water to part of Pretoria. The municipality developed the surrounding area as nature reserve, with ample opportunity for city folk to break away in nature. Originally the city was 10kms away from the reserve.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 4 Nov 2016, 06:40
and I hear them snoring!
Louis: Dit dacht je wel, maar ze slapen veel stiller dan ik. smile
Reminds me great times spent in RSA Louis! Thank you.
Louis: It is a pleasure Richard.
Thank God they're still there, Louis!!!!!!!!!!!
Louis: Not really. One of them was poached recently. The audacity and methods of the poachers are unbelievable. It is a sad state of affairs.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 4 Nov 2016, 06:54
They look like felled tree-trunks, Louis
Louis: Yes, they do and they are almost as still.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 4 Nov 2016, 07:25
They look absolutely whacked Louis, mud bathing is obviously a strenuous business
Louis: Just try roll a few tonnes around in the mud ...
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Nov 2016, 07:35
After a nice bath it is always nice to take a nap....
Great picture and love the backdrop. And as Ginnie already mentioned, I am glad that they are still alive smile
Louis: As I indicated to Ginnie, the poachers did managed to kill one of them.
Superbe ! puissance endormie ..
Louis: Ils savent comment dormir. De grands rêves smile
They look like they are wearing pointed party hats. Too much partying for sure.
Louis: Then they shouldn't be snoring away in the sun like that!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Nov 2016, 09:44
A well deserved rest, power levels must need constant recharging. Nothing like an afternoon slumber.

PS did yo notice you have been photobombed by a bird bottom right.
Louis: Oh, I saw the bird. The real photobomb is the dragonfly - middle near the top.
tHEY LOOK DRUGGED lOUIS. I trust you were in a vehicle.
Louis: Oh, I stick to my vehicle when necessary, gutteridge smile
It looks as if their horns have been removed to deter poachers

Book Sale this weekend then a few days away as it is our 45th wedding anniversary
Louis: Indeed, their horns were removed for the reason. Problem is that they grow back enough, for one of them to get poached. Success with the sale and enjoy the anniversary - don't take any stooges with you, you may regret if you do smile
They look absolutely worn out, that's what comes of rolling in the mud I guess, a lot of weight to move about.
Louis: I believe you may be right, Brian.
Quite an idyllic scene, Louis!
Louis: It sure is, thank you, Tom.
A mud bath and a rest... they've got the idea. Great image.
Louis: In the people world, that will be an expensive luxury. Thank you Jacquelyn.

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