Rhinoceros

Rhinoceroses are large animals that have one or two upright horns above the nose.

African species are popularly known as white rhinoceroses and black rhinoceroses, although neither is white nor black, but almost the same gray color.

The name “white” is a corruption of “wyt,” the Afrikaan word for “wide,” referring to the animal’s wide lips.

Among other differences, the white and black rhinoceroses have differently shaped mouths.

More properly called a “square-lipped” rhinoceros, the white rhino is a grazer.  It mows the grass much like a cow,  seizing the grass with its wide lips and tearing it off.

The black rhino is the one most lip which comes to a point and is sometimes called a “hook-lipped” rhinoceros.

Unlike the white, the black rhino is a browser.  It feeds on vegetation by grasping the leaves and twigs with the flexible upper lip. – Dick Rogers

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