Sunday, July 19, 2009


This painting gets it's name from the shy little Whopping Crane chick that sits atop the Sumatran Rhino calf. Unlike other rhinos, which appear hairless, the Sumatran Rhino is covered in long shaggy hair. It is also the smallest of all rhino species. They are generally solitary in nature which makes learning how to help them as a species a challenge. With fewer than 300 individuals the Sumatran Rhinoceros is critically endangered.

Also at around 300 surviving individuals is the Whooping Crane. But that is a large number compared to the 21 individuals that existed in the 1940s. The Whooping Crane is the tallest bird in North America. They are monogamous and generally mate for life.

Nothing like a dip in the tub!

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