Watching a wild animal roam through human settlements can be an unusual sight. But with their habitats shrinking due to multiple factors, animal-human encounters are not that rare these days. A video has been shared online showing a rhinoceros casually running down a street while onlookers watch.
In the clip, uploaded by Indian Forest Services (IFS) officer Susanta Nanda on Twitter, the huge animal runs on a road between houses and cars. Residents are seen and ensure a safe distance from the beast.
“When the human settlement strays into a rhinoceros habitat… Don’t confuse with Rhinoceros invading a city,” the officer wrote in the caption.
When the human settlement strays into a rhinoceros habitat…
Do not confuse with Rhinoceros wandering to a city pic.twitter.com/R6cy3TlGv1
— Susanta Nanda IFS (@susantananda3) August 5, 2022
The video has over 41k views on Twitter and has also sparked debate about animal-human conflict.
Some wondered why urbanization is allowed near forests or animal habits that give rise to such conflicts.
Why does the government allow settlements near the forests or animal enclosures? Can’t they be removed if they really want to?
— Shivani (@Shivani1721) August 5, 2022
Someone has suggested that animals and humans should learn to live together, because this is the only option.
Practicing for coexistence with human society because there is no alternative.
— subhendra Bhuyan (@subhendraB) August 5, 2022
Many tried to empathize with the gigantic creature and wondered how he must have felt in the concrete jungle.
Poor animal – feels like a human left in the middle of the sea
— Suresh Chandrasekara (@csuresh2001) August 5, 2022
“Feel very sad to see this. Poor fellow, where is the running for food?” another wrote.
Very sorry to see this! Poor fellow, where’s the run for food?
— sampath tp (@sampathtps) August 5, 2022
For some, the video was quite fascinating.
Watched this over and over
— Jayanti Mishra (@easeintradein) August 6, 2022
This person was amazed to see the rhinoceros outside its natural habitat.
It is amazing to see how fast the big rhino runs….
— Abhishek Joshi (@theabhijoshi) August 5, 2022
Some joked that the animal was just jogging.
Just a normal morning jog????
— Manu Bhai (@manu_vashishth) August 5, 2022
Dude is just getting his cardio. No big oops!
— Dan Doebler (@DanDoebler) August 5, 2022
Well, this isn’t the first time a video of a rhino walking down a street has surfaced online. Earlier, a rhinoceros was spotted on a nearly empty street in Nepal. The clip was shot in the area of Chitwan National Park.