A Gentle Giant, The Great Asian Rhinoceros
““The jungle is moving. Suddenly, in the middle of the night I felt the ground moving beneath us. Plants and ground were moving in the direction of the moon. It took us a while to comprehend that we were sleeping on the back of one of this giants. Their movements are so slow and is covered with a dense layer of foliage that is hard to notice in the jungle despite its impressive size.“
Clement Van Burden diaries.
What appears to be a perfect symbiosis in nature, actually can be deadly for this Rhinoceros. If the plants grow in large quantities, the rhino will be too heavy to walk and the animal can die of starvation. On the other hand, some roots are invasive and they can grow inside the armor of this animal affecting his nervous system and motor skill abilities. It is a slow and painful way to die and probably the main reason this animal lives in herds; so they can eat each others plants.
The ecosystem that grows on the back of this gigantic mammal is home of numerous small animals.
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