Sir David Attenborough meets a blind baby rhino (video)

This seemed as good a way as any to start the morning off well.

More angry politics after this brief moment of awwwwwww.

From the video’s description:

Sir David Attenborough concluded his BBC One series about the wildlife of Africa with an extraordinary close up meeting with a blind baby rhinoceros.

He described how the rhinoceros may have its sight saved by an operation and thus be given a chance of survival in the wild like another orphaned rhino called Elvis who had been released after being cared for in the same reserve.

Attenborough mentions in the video that the animal is due to have cataract surgery, but at this point is pretty much blind.


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  • hollywoodstein

    Because that last trip I took they did everything but use a trot line. Must be the blogs I read.

  • hollywoodstein

    Or noodling?

  • hollywoodstein

    Do you mean fishing or fisting?

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    OMG, at one time in your early political life you were a Rino…..?

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Don’t forget mighty troll slayer!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Many are employed at TSA.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Absolutely enchanting

  • Naja pallida

    Is there something you want to tell us, John?

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Part shaman, part fisherman, part sex worker :)

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    LOL yes, I think shaman would work :)

  • Naja pallida

    It is pretty standard practice in zoos and conservation parks to try not to pass on any possible congenital issues… but when the gene pool is so small for a species, sometimes it is not something they can afford to avoid. We are literally watching rhino species vanish within our lifetimes.

  • hoary_nodens

    Yes…http://www.news24.com/Green/News/Over-82-rhino-poached-in-37-days-20130206

    The fate of the rhinos makes me sad. The fate of humans, well, I consider events like the Sandy Hook massacre as merely predictable symptoms of too many rats in the cage. They don’t move me at all, although they are interesting as facets of the catabolic collapse of American society

    Humanity will get the fate we richly deserve, it is the ultimate crime that we will take, and are already taking, all the beauty with us.

    “Oh you are so cynical!”

    No, I just stare reality in the face and draw the obvious conclusions based on geology, ecology, climate science, statistics, physics, thermodynamics, a lot of reading of human history, and a coldly rational understanding of human nature.

  • hollywoodstein

    Which on some days probably feels not unlike running this blog.

  • hollywoodstein

    Ok, so shaman it is.

  • hollywoodstein

    Except where there are crocs.

  • hollywoodstein

    Oh noes, not that too. Well we are social animals, and a lot of nearsighted people in villages are put in charge of fishing.

  • OtterQueen

    Not that I’ll admit in public.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    And you don’t? ;-)

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Oh with my nearsightedness, I’d have been dead as a child.

  • hollywoodstein

    Vis a vis the cataracts on the baby rhino, even though adult rhinos do not have the keenest eyesight, if we ever hope to have reintroduce them widely into anything resembling a natural state, which would include some rather efficient predators, it would probably be best to select as foundation stock animals which did not give birth to babies blinded by cataracts. Aside from natural predators we now have marauding paramilitary bands with machine guns taking only the horns all the while other humans encroach on their former ranges for farmland. And even if rhinos survive these threats if global warming takes away the water then game it will be all for naught.
    If you were born on the plains of the Serengeti a long time ago you probably would have died before you reached forty. If you did get cataracts and couldn’t get a gig as shaman it is likely you would’ve starved or been ambushed as lunch.

    In these modern times our cranial capacity and ability to transmit cultural knowledge enables us to ameliorate cataracts. As for negotiating the far more dangerous man-eaters of Washington, D.C. I have every confidence you are more than up to the task, perhaps with a few trophies on the wall to show for it. ;-)

  • Punkster

    I swear, I love this man more than life itself. He is an INTERNATIONAL treasure.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    I got cataracts in my 40s, your point being? ;-)

  • hollywoodstein

    No worries it’s the early morning.
    Baby rhinos are among my favorite animals. Normally, an animal that develops cataracts this early ( if congenital and not environmental ) should be culled from breeding and only used for education and display, but with so many being slaughtered each year for their horn so some Asian can have some penis powder or some sheikh can have a knife handle we need all the genetic diversity we an muster even ones that may have a propensity for cataracts, ( itself a possible indication of inbreeding).
    So sad we cannot find a place for the wild things, but we are making more people every year, and not more land.
    And then what happens in fifty years when the seasonal rains don’t come?

  • OtterQueen

    You should have tried it, I probably would have thought that you’re really profound. =)

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Ok so I’m an idiot. Your point being? ;-) Sorry about that, there’s a video now. (I could have covered by claiming I was trying to make the reader appreciate what it’s like to be a blind rhino – it can’t see the video either – but perhaps I won’t.)

  • OtterQueen

    Is it just me? I’m not seeing a video.

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