Rhino-saw-us! Terrible moment, rhino rushes straight towards a photographer
- The hair-raising photos were taken by photographer Gurcharan Roopra. Taken in the Nairobi National Park in Kenya
- Mr Roopra said two female white rhinos fought before taking turns charging at him
- He kept a cool head, stayed in the way of the three-ton beast and was able to intercept his attack on him
- The stunning photo of the critically endangered animal shows all of its feet off the ground making it look like it is flying
An angry white rhinoceros was stormed on a dirt road in Kenya at a brave photographer who was able to assert himself and take rare pictures of the huge, endangered animal.
The terrifying photos, which were taken in Nairobi National Park in Kenya, show the three-ton beast charging straight at the camera with all feet above the ground, making it look like it is flying through the air.
Gurcharan Roopra, 42, said he took the picture after a brawl between a pair of female white rhinos, which were also joined by their respective calves.
But when the dust settled, Mr Roopra said that one of the rhinos was charging towards him.
The photographer said he saw the perfect opportunity for a photo, and instead of escaping to safety, he stayed in the way of the huge animal that luckily veered around him at the last second.
An angry white rhinoceros was stormed on a dirt road in Kenya at a brave photographer who was able to assert himself and take rare pictures of the huge, endangered animal at full speed
“At first I just thought the rhinos were playing, but when I looked at the pictures they had some blood stains so it must have been intense,” said Mr Gurcharan from Nairobi, Kenya.
“We watched them for about 30 minutes and they moved a lot while fighting.
“At some point one of the mothers turned around and ran towards us and the guy who was with me was totally scared.
“I’ve photographed this rhino family for the past five years and I know they aren’t aggressive characters, so I’ve been pretty calm – the exact opposite!
“When one of the rhinos came running towards us, it was the perfect opportunity for a photo and I am very happy with the result.
All four rhinos ran one after the other towards the photographers – but luckily jumped to the left and ran past them while they were shaving.
Gurcharan Roopra said that all four rhinos he photographed took turns charging at him
Gurcharan added, “I have a full sequence of her feet on the ground, but the best part is that she looks like she is flying with all feet off the ground.
“People are always pretty shocked when they see this photo. I always get questions about the backstory and whether it attacks me.
“Photography offers me the best relaxation and when I come home from the park, I immediately fall asleep carefree.
‘In fact, it’s relaxing when a rhino rushes straight at you!’
Gurcharan Roopra, 42, (pictured) said he took the picture after a brawl between a pair of female white rhinos, which were also joined by their respective calves
The white rhinoceros consists of two subspecies: the southern white rhinoceros, of which an estimated 19,682–21,077 live in the wild (as of 2015) and the much rarer northern subspecies, of which only two are alive – both females and both in captivity.
Rhinos are a frequent target of poachers who hunt them for their ivory tusks, with uncontrolled poaching during the colonial period being believed to be the main contributor to the decline in white rhinos.
The animals are easy targets for poachers because of their size, poor eyesight and tendency to travel in herds.