National Geographic : 1957 Mar
©( National Geographic Society + Amphibious Tanks Rumble Ashore Faster than elephants, rhinos have been known to run 35 miles an hour in short spurts. Surprised, these beasts took off when the egrets left their backs. 4-Page 392, lower: Battle scars on flanks and shoulders indicate this old bull was whipped by a rival and driven out of the sanctuary. His wounds were inflicted by teeth rather than the relatively soft horn. Myna birds replace egrets on his back. 4' Bathers Relish Their Mud Packs Rhinos spend hours at a time bathing in wallows. The mud discourages insects and soothes irritations on their sensitive skins. Ribs, plainly visible on these two, belie the appear ance of armor plating. Hides become hard only after curing. Dried skins have formed war shields and even the clutch plates of heavy trucks. A telescopic lens caught this off-guard moment.