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   Undertoad  Monday Nov 20 08:16 AM

November 20, 2006: Rupert the Pet Rhino





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Growing up as a little boy in Rhodesia, Mike Condy had an unusual pet: a rhino named Rupert! The Daily Mail tracked him down:

Quote:
Rupert was just a few weeks old when the Zambezi valley was flooded to make the Kariba Dam in Rhodesia. Along with many other beasts who would have drowned, he was rescued by a team of animal lovers including Mike’s father Dr John Condy, a local vet.

They made a ‘Noah’s Ark’ raft from oil drums and tree trunks to float stranded animals to safety, but Rupert’s mother - rhinos cannot swim - was too heavy, slipped off and drowned.

"Rupey" became an orphan - and so Dr Condy took him home for adoption.

Yesterday Mike Condy said: "It was amazing. Dad brought home a pet rhino. I was only about eight years old at the time. I’ll never forget it."
Daily Mail has the story and photo gallery - via Arbroath.

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Trilby  Monday Nov 20 08:31 AM

Didn't we already decide that rhino's were nasty beasts that laughed with evil glee?



Trilby  Monday Nov 20 08:32 AM

And chucked new-born baby cows in the air?



Ibby  Monday Nov 20 09:01 AM

Awww, but Rupe's not like those wild and crazy rhinos!



Griff  Monday Nov 20 09:09 AM

As intrigued as I am with the calf tosser, I think our new little friend has a higher upside. Presenting Aife.



Sheldonrs  Monday Nov 20 09:22 AM

Ahhh...The heart-warming story of a boy and his Rhino.

"What's that Rupey, you say Mikey fell in the well?!" "Let's go get him boy!"



Trilby  Monday Nov 20 09:24 AM

AWWWW--! C'mere Aife! C'mere boy (girl?) Who's a good boy? Who's a good boy? Yes, you are! Yes, you are! Go get it, Aife! Go get the stick!



Griff  Monday Nov 20 09:32 AM

girl



Shawnee123  Monday Nov 20 09:45 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brianna
AWWWW--! C'mere Aife! C'mere boy (girl?) Who's a good boy? Who's a good boy? Yes, you are! Yes, you are! Go get it, Aife! Go get the stick!
:p

Cute dog, Griff!


wolf  Monday Nov 20 04:31 PM

Nice looking pup!

Aife is the Irish version of my name. She was Queen of the Isle of Shadow and the sister of Scathach, a Warrior Goddess.



slang  Monday Nov 20 05:34 PM

Let's all post about Griff's dog instead of the rhino.


Wait, we are. Nevermind.



Sheldonrs  Monday Nov 20 06:42 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by slang
Let's all post about Griff's dog instead of the rhino.


Wait, we are. Nevermind.
Actually, they are one and the same. He just had some rhinoplasty. :-)


xoxoxoBruce  Monday Nov 20 08:29 PM

Ouch.

Congratulations, Griff, many puppy returns.

Neatorama has been turning up the most bizarre stuff....day after day.
Must have a staff of thousands.



Griff  Monday Nov 20 08:40 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by slang
Let's all post about Griff's dog instead of the rhino.


Wait, we are. Nevermind.
Ya know this pooch would barely feed my family, but the rhino...


dar512  Monday Nov 20 09:22 PM

Interesting. We had a rhino IOTD almost exactly a year ago.



SPUCK  Tuesday Nov 21 06:33 AM

Too bad those first rhinos didn't find some deep water. A tear still forms in my eye when I think of that iddy bitty little calf being SHOTPUTTED!

Boy.. Rupert would put a bull in a china shop to shame...



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