Baraka (“blessing”)

Before leaving Kenya, the team took an overnight debrief safari in one of Kenya’s beautiful wildlife parks. This 25 year old black rhino came over to greet us today. His name is Baraka, which means “blessing”.

Baraka lost an eye in a fight with another rhino a long time ago. His other eye has an untreatable cataract – so he’s pretty much blind. And while black rhinos are known to be aggressive, the park rangers discovered he is fond of sugar cane. He has since become somewhat tame, making it possible to feed him by hand and walk right up to him (no zoom used on this photo).

To be in the presence of such a beast is hard to describe. I guess it was a blessing 🙂

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