The sweetest and most polite embrace
Never before have wild animals confused people with their love for one another.
Recently, one of the sweetest images the animal kingdom has ever produced was taken by a photographer.
Just today, two unexpected friends showed the world that friendship and love know no boundaries!
In order to see a rhino in the bushes while on a safari in South Africa, guide and photographer Zaheer Ali grabbed his camera.
However, the large animal wasn’t by himself; an oxpecker horde had gathered around him.
These two species live side by side in harmony on the Sub-Saharan African savanna.
However, when Ali observed the enormous rhino and its small friend sharing a loving moment, he couldn’t believe his eyes.
The red-billed oxpecker sits gently on the rhino’s horn and extends the loveliest hug to his unusual pal.
It’s one of the most breathtaking vistas Mother Nature has to offer, as Ali perfectly captured it on video!
“I saw as the little bird honed its beak against the rhino’s horn.
In a blog article for Zali Safari, Ali said, “And it was something I’d never seen before.
When the bird was lying on the rhino’s horn, “I pulled out my camera and waited for the proper opportunity to shoot the image.”
The oxpecker and rhinos typically get along well.
It’s a win-win situation where the little birds spend the entire day perched on the mammals’ backs.
The rhino’s skin contains fly larvae, which the oxpeckers eat.
By feeding them, these birds protect rhinos from a range of issues.
The red-billed oxpecker is known as “Askari wa kifaru” in Swahili, which means “the rhino’s guard.”
This mutualistic relationship is shared by the red-billed oxpecker and other inhabitants of the African savanna, including zebra, bison, and wildebeest.