An angry mother rhino scared a herd of 15 elephants in a clash of giants caught on camera.
Despite outnumbering the elephants, the mother rhino stood firm and protected her cubs, then ‘exploded’ sprinting and running towards the elephants, scattering them in all directions in a cloud of dust.
The epic confrontation was captured by carpenter Martin Meyer, visiting a national park in South Africa, when he spotted a mother rhinoceros with her young.
Martin, who captured the images, said: ‘A herd of about 15 elephants, consisting of a mother and a few calves and several adult bulls, was approaching and going to cross the path of mother and the baby.
‘When they were about 20 meters from her position, she exploded in a sprint with the baby following.
“After recovering from the initial shock, the elephants gathered and lined up side by side to slowly approach the rhino mom, almost mocking her. Some of the young bulls even moved around them from behind.”
More than three minutes of standing followed as the rhino mother and the matriarch stared at each other before the baby rhino snorted and moved across the hill.
Although it is not known how long the mother rhino’s horn was, the longest white rhino can be more than one and a half meters. Female white rhinos can weigh up to two tons, while a fully mature female African elephant can weigh almost.