Nepal Adventures 7 by Mrs Harman-Box

 
We were only there for one full day because our bus was delayed after a small mudslide on the roads but we crammed in as much as we could! We went to see some traditional dancing - the peacock's dance was my personal favourite - which showed us how fast and controlled they could be. Then we went on a river boat safari to look for crocodiles. 
 
Our guide, Norris, said to me, 'The long-snouted crocodiles are okay. They only eat fish. The short-snouted crocodiles eat anything. Dogs. Deer.... Humans.' which made me feel a little more nervous than I did before! 
 
The boat trip took about an hour and we were in heavy rain (people at the back of the boats were bailing out water, which means that they needed to use plastic bottles and cups to empty the water out so that we didn't sink - that didn't make me feel any better!) so when we got out we decided to go back to our lodge and warm up. 
 
On the way back to the lodge, I saw my first elephants. Elephants (as Snow Leopard class will know because I introduced myself to them with this fact last year) are my absolute favourite animal. I was overwhelmed by seeing these huge and gentle creatures and, when I saw a baby elephant running down the road with his ears flapping, I did have a small and happy cry. 
 
Later that day, having warmed up with a delicious curry, we went on another safari, this one by jeep. The weather had luckily improved and we had high hopes for seeing a rhino. Our lodge was called Rhino Land Lodge so it seemed only right that we would get to glimpse one. In the end, we did more than glimpse. We came upon a huge one-horned rhino that Norris said was around 40 years old. This means that we was very old for a rhino and I think that was quite lucky...
Rhinos do not have good eyesight and rely on their hearing and sense of smell to tell when there is danger. We parked up alongside this munching animal and turned off our engines. There we sat in complete silence and awe, watching this animal who was so incredibly close. Someone coughed and the animal's ears flickered. A small amount of whispering broke out and the rhino began to back up. Not, as you might think, in fear because it needed to get away, but to warn us that it would charge and was simply getting a run-up! One woman on the jeep dropped her sunglasses, which clattered loudly to the floor and we all held our breath. Norris had told us that rhinos will headbutt over and over again a tree or a jeep if it feels threatened but the noise of the sunglasses hitting the floor gave the rhino a fright and he simply walked off. 
We continued around the park, all excitedly talking about the rhino when we came upon two more - a mother and her baby. They were slowly ambling across the road and looked at us for a short while before realising that we didn't mean any harm. 
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