PHOTO: Photographer captures rhino at perfect moment
Pictured: IMAGE ROTATED 180 DEGREES: THE REFLECTION: The reflection of the rhino lines up perfectly with some plants in the water to look like it has a head of hair and a mostache.
This magnificent rhinoceros looks like it is wearing a wig and a moustache in its reflection as it stands at the edge of a watering hole. The female white rhino has come to the pool in the African savanna with her grown calf for an evening drink as the sun begins to set.
She gracefully poises her powerful neck over the still grey water, appearing as though she is staring at her own likeness before lowering her head and taking a sip. Aquatic grass plants cover the rhino's head and mouth in the reflection, giving the illusion that the animal has frizzy hair and a giant moustache.
The photographer who captured them, Japie Maritz, from Pretoria, South Africa, said: "The shot was inspired by the horrible way in which these animals are being poached. SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS.
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This rhinoceros looks like it is wearing a wig and a mustache in its reflection as it stands at the edge of a watering hole. The female white rhino has come to the pool in the African savanna with her calf for an evening drink. Amateur photographer Japie Maritz took this snap at a South African game reserve.
“The shot was inspired by the horrible way in which these animals are being poached. In the reflection it looked like the poor rhino is wearing a disguise to escape the poachers,” saysJapie Maritz, 54, barrister and amateurphotographer from Pretoria, South Africa.
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Maritz was on a guided game drive when he spotted the rhinoceros having a drink by the watering hole. “While watching them, I noticed the reflections and the possible shot,” said the photographer. “I waited for about an hour for one to move into the correct position, and took the shot. The rhinos were fully aware of my presence throughout the event.”