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Old 01-11-2006, 01:42 PM
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Will a Rhinoceros Actually Stamp Out a Fire?

Is this a myth or do these wacky guys really get upset by fire and try to stamp it out?
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Old 01-11-2006, 01:44 PM
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"Remember, kids, only you can stomp out forest fires" -- Smokey the Rhino
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Old 01-11-2006, 01:45 PM
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I presume that you are referring to the scene in The Gods Must Be Crazy.

I have never heard any such thing. I assume it was just made up for the movie.
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Old 01-11-2006, 01:51 PM
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I thought it was made up on The Simpsons, I guess the Gods Must Be Crazy reference is earlier (and perhaps was what was being spoofed, which I didn't get at the time).
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Old 01-11-2006, 02:13 PM
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From The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)

Narrator: The rhino is the self-appointed fire-prevention officer.
When he sees a fire, he rushes in and stamps it out.

Kate Thompson: Do you work here in Botswana?

Andrew Steyn: Yes, I-- Yes. Yes.

Kate Thompson: And what do you do?

Andrew Steyn: I-- I collect manure. I--

Kate Thompson: Get away from-- Get away from-- Leave me alone!

AndrewSteyn: Miss Thompson? - Miss Thompson? - Miss Thompson! Miss
Thompson! Oh, it's all right. He's gone.

Kate Thompson: Who's gone?

Andrew Steyn: The rhinoceros.

Kate Thompson: What bloody rhinoceros?

Andrew Steyn: Didn't you see him? He stamped out the fire.

Kate Thompson: You stamped out the fire. I saw you.

Andrew Steyn: No, he did it first. I didn't want him to come back, so....
-But didn't you see?

Kate Thompson: Keep away.

Andrew Steyn: Miss Thompson, if you make a fire, and a rhinoceros sees it... ...he comes and stamps it out. Rhinos do that. It's a most interesting phenomenon.
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Old 01-11-2006, 02:26 PM
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Well, these guys seem to know a lot about rhinos and they call BS:
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Q: Do rhinos really stomp out fires?


A:There are quite a number of legends about the rhinoceros stamping out fire. The story seems to have been common in Malaysia and Burma.

This type of rhinoceros even had a special name in Malay, 'badak api', where badak means rhinoceros and api means fire. The animal would come when a fire is lit in the forest and stamp it out.

If there is or can be any truth in the legend, it would be hard to decide. Suffice it to say that there has been no sighting of this phenomenon in recent history.

Of course, the rhinoceros in South East Asia has become very rare is hardly ever met nowadays, as it keeps to the deep forest and high mountains.
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Old 01-11-2006, 02:32 PM
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They just forgot to include the part about stomping out all the white English hunters crouched around the fire. Extinguishing the fire was merely a side effect.

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Old 01-11-2006, 03:41 PM
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I suppose they could find some rhinos in the wild, start a fire and see what happens.

Research, man!
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Old 01-11-2006, 03:52 PM
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I hear there's a Darwin grant waiting out there for people wanting to do close-up research with Rhinos....
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Old 01-11-2006, 03:59 PM
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Q. Why do ducks have flat feet?

A. To put out forest fires.

Q. Why do elephants have flat feet?

A. To put out flaming Ducks.
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Old 01-11-2006, 04:00 PM
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I just saw that part of The Gods Must Be Crazy recently. (The Antichrist winching itself into the tree; brilliant!) They show a rhinocerous walking to the campsite and stomping around in the fire for a couple seconds. If that's not natural rhino behavior, it would be interesting to find out how they did it.* Can you train a rhinocerous?


* Camera trickery, quick editing, or two people in a rhino suit+; it's probably something pretty mundane. Still a good movie, though.


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Old 01-11-2006, 04:01 PM
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Quote: "Of course, the rhinoceros in South East Asia has become very rare is hardly ever met nowadays, as it keeps to the deep forest and high mountains. "

Stamping out fires might, perhaps, BE the reason they're very rare!

A word tot he wise...
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Old 01-11-2006, 06:29 PM
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Fike made a Rhino fire alarm panel at one time. That's a cached link, the system doesn't show up on the current site. Note the Rhino logo.
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Old 01-11-2006, 06:57 PM
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* Camera trickery, quick editing, or two people in a rhino suit+; it's probably something pretty mundane. Still a good movie, though.
It's been a very long time since I saw the movie, but as I recall the shot of the rhino actually stomping on the fire was clearly two guys in a rhino suit.
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Old 01-11-2006, 08:51 PM
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In the event that a rhino ever joins my volunteer fire company, I'll be sure to post to this thread.
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