Boy feeding bananas to a baby rhino, November 1962.

Boy feeding bananas to a baby rhino, November 1962.
3 4 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

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Six-year-old David, son of veterinary surgeon John Condy, feeds Rupert a snack in the family's kitchen in Salisbury (Harare). The baby rhinoceros was rescued in during Operation Noah, a project to save thousands of animals trapped on higher ground as the waters of Lake Kariba rose after the damming of the River Zambezi in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Rupert, named after Rupert Fothergil, head of Operation Noah, was friendly, and, incredibly, housetrained! He lived in the house like a dog until he got too large, when he was sent to Matopos Game Park outside Bulawayo.

© Manchester Daily Express / Science & Society Picture Library

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