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Natal Parks Board, 1952. 4th Annual Report, 1 April 1951 - 31 March 1952. Typewritten Report. Pietermaritzburg, NPB, pp. 1-25

Location: Africa - Southern Africa - South Africa
Subject: Management
Species: Black Rhino

Original text on this topic:
During May 1951 a black rhino cow and half-grown calf had to be driven back from a point some 4 miles down the road. Investigation revealed the astonishing fact that far from being afraid of the vehicle grid crossing at the Reserve fence, these animals had found they could cross it by gingerly stepping on the narrow cement support at the side of the rails. To do this the animals had literally to squeeze their way along with one side of their body leaning heavily on the adjacent wall, and that a calf had been persuaded to emulate its mother's feat, or vice versa, was indeed remarkable. The practice was obviated by redesigning the grid support and no further attempts to cross have been made.

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