Emma the white rhino has finally arrived in Japan after her travel was delayed by the pandemic Photo: AFP
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Looking for love, white rhino Emma arrives in Japan

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Like many of us, Emma has had her travel plans derailed by coronavirus. But after months of delay, the white rhino has arrived in Japan and is looking for love.

The mild-mannered five-year-old comes by way of Taiwan's Leofoo Safari Park, where she beat a herd of competitors for the chance to find a companion and breed.

She had been scheduled for transfer to the Saitama Tobu zoo outside Tokyo in March, but complications caused by the pandemic pushed back her departure.

"After some delays due to the coronavirus, Emma, a southern white rhino, arrived at our zoo on the evening of 8th June," the Saitama Tobu zoo said in a statement.

"We slowly opened the shipping container which was placed in front of her sleeping room. Emma, without showing any signs of shyness, went straight into the sleeping room," it added.

The rhino used the extra time in Taiwan to prepare for the move, with keepers using Japanese for words like "come" and "no" to get her ready for her new home.

Safari staff said she was picked from a herd of 23 rhinos because of her even temper and slender physique.

"Emma was chosen because of her mild personality... and her smaller size also makes it easier to ship overseas," Sean Wu, the park's chief veterinarian and animal manager, told AFP earlier this year.

"She seldom gets into fights with other rhinos or snatches others' food."

She is expected to be on show to the public in Japan for several weeks, but she also has the more serious business of getting acquainted with her first suitor: 10-year-old Moran.

Zoo breeding programs have played a key role in repopulating southern white rhino herds.

The species currently numbers around 19,000, found in the wild across southern Africa, according to the conservation group Save the Rhino.

They were nearly wiped out in the last century but managed to recover thanks to conservation efforts.

Their northern cousins were not so lucky. Only two remain, both female, rendering the species functionally extinct.

Leofoo Safari Park imported eight rhinos from Africa in 1979 and now has the most successful breeding programme in Asia, with 23 animals in its herd.

Rhino poaching is fueled by a market for their horns in Asia -- especially China and Vietnam.

Horns are made of nothing more than keratin, the same material as fingernails and hair. But scammers erroneously market horns as an aphrodisiac or cancer cure.

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She looks kind of horny in that picture.

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Hot and ready to trot.

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Barry White music starts playing...

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What is the Japanese onomatopoeia sound for a White Rhino? English is "bellow".

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For a horny rhino *@zichi 7:29am**:*

-“ What is the Japanese onomatopoeia (sound for a White Rhino? “

Perhaps “pyon pyon” ?

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You would never guess this is what a rhino sounds like @zichi 7:29am. It’s actually quite “cute”, very “sweet” and remarkably like “a playful, beluga whale call!” Here you go:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LNCC6ZYI3SI -
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Just tell us they plucked the Rhino from Zimbabwe for 2 yen already!

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What would happen if you crossed an elephant with a rhino?

Hell-if-I-know

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snowymountainhell

yes, thanks but I was just wondering what the Japanese expression would be. "pyon pyon" isn't it.

"What would happen if you crossed an elephant with a rhino?"

Elephino!

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Poor creature. No freedom, stuck in tiny concrete and metal cages just so humans can gawp at her. Zoos really are rotten places.

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This is an species that was considered functionally extinct previously, and shows that making an international effort to rescue them can have spectacular results, hopefully people that see it live will understand better the value of conservation and will look more favorably to the efforts being done with this purpose.

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Poor creature. No freedom, stuck in tiny concrete and metal cages just so humans can gawp at her. Zoos really are rotten places.

There are good zoos that take care of endangered species, like in this case, Saitama zoo are protecting the rhino..

Release the rhino in its habitat and in less than nothing the hunters kill them and sell the horn so that in China (as always) they make useless aphrodisiac products from the poor rhino's horn..

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It’s ‘subjective’ @zich 9:15am but from the video, perhaps the Japanese onomatopoeia of ‘snorting and snoring’ could be used: “gu gu”.

Seems like these rhinos may snort like horses when smelling, perhaps when looking for mate, when threatened or when eating, like a pig, bull or buffalo.

Good luck in your pursuit of this interesting bit of trivia. Agreed, “elephino” is wittier when written in text form.

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Saitama zoo are protecting the rhino..

By keeping her in a tiny cage, and putting her on display for people's entertainment. In order to protect rhinos, or any other wild animals, they should be protected where they are, in their natural environment. Saitama Zoo isn't protecting this creature, it's exploiting her and abusing her.

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To your point, @kentaro 9:43am …

- “There are good zoos that take care of endangered species, like this rhino...“ -

… these rhinos and last week’s pandas are getting the necessary care & attention from Japanese zoos yet, their record with abandoning dolphins & marine life in aquariums is deplorable. (Tragic from a culture so connected to a resource that surrounds and sustains it for millennia.)

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tokyo-m:

Poor creature. No freedom, stuck in tiny concrete and metal cages just so humans can gawp at her. Zoos really are rotten places.

This is especially true of Japanese zoos. Absolute awful places. Koala bears may get pampered (in public), but the monkeys and other animals are left to suffer from mental illnesses. Concrete and car tires will not cheer them up.

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Unfortunately, rhinos are slaughter in their home environments for their tusks. I don't like zoos but these White Rhino will die out.

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What's really sad is the fact that these rhinos are safer in the zoos than in the wild because countries like China want to have weird medicinal fixations about their horns.

Unless the UN declares a shoot on sight war with the poachers, which it'll never do, the survival of rhinos and other endangered creatures is really bleak. Their habitat is shrinking and coupled together with the demand and black market for these rare animals . . . it's not good, not good at all.

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By keeping her in a tiny cage, and putting her on display for people's entertainment. In order to protect rhinos, or any other wild animals, they should be protected where they are, in their natural environment. Saitama Zoo isn't protecting this creature, it's exploiting her and abusing her.

Rhinos aren't exactly doing well in Africa bud.

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Rhinos aren't exactly doing well in Africa bud.

And this poor creature isn't exactly doing well in Japan, unless you think confinement to a tiny cage, a minuscule fraction of the space she needs, is doing well... "bud".

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Zoos must be banned globally, and instead, natural parks/safari parks must be encouraged. This not only gives a better environment, space, and home feeling to the animals but also increases the ever diminishing green space.

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At 25 seconds into this one, zichi, the stressed and angry sound is rendered by the editor as 「ぶ~ううう」 buh.. uuuh...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2WvhUmWPHA

On the other hand it is described as シュニーン Shuni.....n

http://seibutsu.blog.jp/archives/12230725.html/%E3%82%B5%E3%82%A4%E3%81%AE%E9%B3%B4%E3%81%8D%E5%A3%B0%E3%81%AF%E3%80%8C%E3%82%B7%E3%83%A5%E3%83%8B%E3%83%BC%E3%83%B3%EF%BC%81%EF%BC%81%EF%BC%81%E3%80%8D

In another video with 10 voices of a bubbling rhino half submerged, one commentator wrote below that it sounds like an old man snoring. なんかおっさんのイビキみたい

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3k8xy3szWk

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nandakandamanda

I think the little boy in the second video had the sound perfect.

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Thanks for sharing that, … @nandakandamanda 12:36pm, … makeshift “rhino water park” video! (Perhaps something about that Japanese woman’s “Sugio na…, sugoi na…!” had that rhino “putting on a show” for the crowd. (Sadly, the 1st one is really stressed out.)

Horses, tapir and rhinos all have a common ancestor. You can ‘sense it’ when they run.

now try this one:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LNCC6ZYI3SI -

Best wishes to Emma!

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@SMH Awww, so sweet! LOL

Thank you.

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Tokyo-m

By keeping her in a tiny cage, and putting her on display for people's entertainment. In order to protect rhinos, or any other wild animals, they should be protected where they are, in their natural environment. Saitama Zoo isn't protecting this creature, it's exploiting her and abusing her.

True, but alas safer for her than Africa, where poachers kill them for their horns to satisfy Chinese demand.

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Poor animal ... Japan is still in the 19th century for animal condition

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Japanese zoos are horrendous places for the animals. They are built purely for the Japanese people visiting.

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