Amazing pictures show the two-tonne beast hoisting the mud-covered foal over its head after it became stuck.
When this zebra foal fell into a mud pit its would-be saviour came in the unlikely shape of a two-tonne rhino. The giant beast spotted the baby zebra being stuck in the mud and attempted to lift the hapless creature with its horn. South African guide Roel van Muiden was showing visitors around the Madikwe Game Reserve when he saw the incredible scene.
Mud Stuck: A zebra foal became stuck in a mud put on a South African game reserve. (Image: Media Drum World)
“This was an amazing interaction between two species and one that I was lucky to see,” he said. “Upon arriving at the dam there were several rhinos interacting with each other. “A male was chasing some females and then being chased away, so it took me awhile to notice the tiny zebra foal stuck in the mud. “The herd was nowhere in sight so the foal must have been there for quite some time.”
High Hopes: The rhino was snapped fishing the foal out of the mud on its horn.(Image: Media Drum World)
Roel then described the heart-stopping moment the rhino decided to intervene – possibly to help the stranded animal or perhaps just out of confusion. “A rhino bull, made his way down to the water and near to the muddy patch the foal was stuck in. “The rhino started to prod the zebra with his horn out of curiosity. After a while he grew impatient and lifted the body out.”
Rescue Effort: At this point the zebra was freed from the trap and still alive. (Image: Media Drum World)
“The foal, still being alive but very weak, could only lift its head out of the mud,” he continued. “The rhino lifted the foal so quickly that it had no time to react. The rhino then dropped the foal and moved off. He then came back for another prod and look-see. “This time he lifted the zebra in a different position and his horn disembowelled the foal.”
Sad End: Unfortunately the rhino ends up disembowelling the animal on its horn. (Image: Media Drum World)