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ShaLeah

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Poll: Joy or Annoyance
« on: April 10, 2019, 09:07:13 AM »
Feast your eyes on this rhino. What's your take? Is he annoyed or is he joyful?

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Lizzie

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Re: Poll: Joy or Annoyance
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2019, 10:40:15 AM »
I think he's panicking. Neither joyful nor annoyed.
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Re: Poll: Joy or Annoyance
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2019, 11:08:11 AM »
Who thought it was a good idea to waste that much cocaine on a rhino?
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Re: Poll: Joy or Annoyance
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2019, 11:34:38 AM »
Stupid children
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Strongheart

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Re: Poll: Joy or Annoyance
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2019, 02:08:19 PM »
It's the rhino calf's first snow! Which is always an exciting experience, especially when you're a baby rhino. Thanks to the zookeepers, the little fella is having a ball exploring the interesting white stuff (that definitely isn't coke) ;)
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Strongheart

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Re: Poll: Joy or Annoyance
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2019, 02:12:55 PM »
A similar circumstance can be seen here:

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/2016/12/13/baby-rhino-snow-blank-park-zoo-iowa/95394674/

My verdict is that the rhinoceros has found joy rather than annoyance in the powder!

RogueGunslinger

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Re: Poll: Joy or Annoyance
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2019, 02:34:08 PM »
I think somewhere between surprised and curious. Maybe exhillarated. But the only one qualified to answer is someone who studies and is around young rhinos.

Medena

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Re: Poll: Joy or Annoyance
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2019, 03:30:26 PM »
I'd agree with RogueGunslinger that it is surprise but it's definitely a delighted and joyful sort of surprise.
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Veselka

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Re: Poll: Joy or Annoyance
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2019, 04:11:01 PM »
I feel like it got brain freeze.
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Namino

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Re: Poll: Joy or Annoyance
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2019, 04:23:58 PM »
I think somewhere between surprised and curious. Maybe exhillarated. But the only one qualified to answer is someone who studies and is around young rhinos.

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Namino

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Re: Poll: Joy or Annoyance
« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2019, 05:03:48 PM »
The experts have spoken:

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Not enough context clues for a full opinion but some ideas:

If it is the first time this rhino is seeing snow, they may be cautious until they've realized the snow is not harmful -- which is when they laid down afterwards. A baby of that size would not be without the mother for extended period of time, so could be a little anxious waiting for its mother to come back from a possible vet check. The adult in the back is likely not the mother since they're in a separate enclosure.

I do believe in my opinion as a zoo educator that the calf does not seem stressed and is indeed playing in the snow. Since the snow is in piles and not laid out the way snow normally falls, I have a feeling it was placed there as enrichment for the rhino. I don't think the keepers would put enrichment in the enclosure that would stress the animal.

Verdict: Joy.

Hauwke

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Re: Poll: Joy or Annoyance
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2019, 05:18:17 PM »
I think a mixture of both. Though mostly joy.