While shooting for a conservation film about rhino poaching in South Africa, cinematographer Garth De Bruno Austin was approached by a rhino who was apparently in search of a nice belly rub. The unusual encounter was captured in the 15-second video above.
“If a rhino walks straight up to you while you’re filming and wants some rubs… you better rub that rhino like your life depends on it!”. Austin continues. “Lucky for me she left my URSA Mini 4K camera alone!”
Needless to say, you shouldn’t try approaching and petting a wild rhino or any wild animal for that matter. And don’t even think of trying to take a selfie with it.
As Austin also clearly states; “Please note that I have been lucky enough to film this rhino for quite a few years and because of that have built up a level of TRUST. DO NOT try and do this with a truly ‘WILD’ rhino as it may end up with you being dead! FYI – I did not approach this animal, it was completely her decision to let me come into her personal space and touch her”. [Garth De Bruno Austin]
So with that made clear, enjoy the quick video, it’s certainly the most unusual encounter you’ll see today.