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Old 07-27-2009, 06:31 AM
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do rhinos stamp out fires?

In the movie "The Gods must be Crazy", the male character makes the comment, after having their fire put out by a rhinocerous that "rhinos are the fire patrol of the desert". I can't seem to find documentation anywhere else, there is some mention of Asian rhinos exhibiting this behavior.

Does anybody know?
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Old 07-27-2009, 07:53 AM
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Wait, you mean the character who believed a Coke bottle was a gift from the gods and who trekked to the edge of the world to get rid of it?
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Old 07-27-2009, 07:56 AM
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No, he means the guy who winched the Land Rover up into a tree.
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:16 AM
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Wait, you mean the character who believed a Coke bottle was a gift from the gods and who trekked to the edge of the world to get rid of it?
No, that guy would know better. He means the moron.
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:55 AM
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To be exact, smart guys, it was the narrator who made the comment.
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:59 AM
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To be exact, smart guys, it was the narrator who made the comment.
But......but.....but..... They showed a rhino putting out a fire!
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Old 07-27-2009, 09:12 AM
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But......but.....but..... They showed a rhino putting out a fire!
I know you're joking, but for the record the fire-stomping scene was pretty obviously two guys in a rhino suit.

I've never heard of this as being typical rhino behavior, so I'm pretty confident that the answer is no. The stories of Asian rhinos doing this appear to be legendary.
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Old 07-27-2009, 09:24 AM
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Aren't you mistaking Rhinos for Bears?
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Old 07-27-2009, 09:31 AM
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I'd like to see a "Smokey The Rhino" ad campaign. With a shovel and four inch rockabilly cuffs.
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Old 07-27-2009, 10:25 AM
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Q. Why do ducks have flat feet?
A. To stamp out forest fires.

Q. Why do rhinos have flat feet?
A. To stamp out burning ducks.
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Old 07-27-2009, 11:19 AM
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For a serious answer...

When I was at the San Diego Wild Animal Park, I took the "Safari" into the center section where the animals were kept. I asked the guide about this (since Rhinos were one of the animals we got to feed from the truck).

His answer: no, that was just made up for the movie.

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Old 07-27-2009, 11:28 AM
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For a serious answer...

When I was at the San Diego Wild Animal Park, I took the "Safari" into the center section where the animals were kept. I asked the guide about this (since Rhinos were one of the animals we got to feed from the truck).

His answer: no, that was just made up for the movie.

J.
Well, it doesn't appear to be true, but as Colibri alludes to, it's Asian folklore, which is probably where the screenwriters got it, rather than making it up out of whole cloth. Wiki's take:
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There are legends about rhinoceros stamping out fire in Malaysia, India, and Burma. The mythical rhinoceros has 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.[22] There are no recent confirmations of this phenomenon. However, this legend has been reinforced by the film The Gods Must Be Crazy, where an African rhinoceros is shown to be putting out two campfires.
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Old 07-27-2009, 12:15 PM
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I don't know about stamping out fires, but I could easily believe a rhino spraying out a fire. You don't want to be near the operational end of a rhino when it lets loose.
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Old 07-27-2009, 06:24 PM
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This was on The Simpsons too. Marge saved Homer from a charging rhino by flipping over her SUV and the rhino immediately went after the burning wreck and tried to stamp it out. That'll teach me from getting all my info from a cartoon.
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