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Petting Buck the rhino at Lion Country Safari is everything

Posted at 1:06 PM, May 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-20 19:34:45-04

At age 50, Buck is a geriatric rhino living at Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee, Florida. He's actually the world's oldest male rhino. 

Buck is a trim 4300 lbs and is living in solitary at the park because the female rhinos pick on him too much. "The [female rhinos] are pretty tough on him -- they beat him up pretty good," said Brian Dowling curator for Lion Country Safari. But don't feel bad for Buck; his bachelor lifestyle is what he prefers. "Older male rhinos live solitary lives any way that's not an atypical situation."

The bachelor pad for Buck has vast outdoor green spaces and a large shaded cage that enables his visitors to greet him safely. He loves to get some lovin' with touching and scratches from his fans. You can reach in between giant steel bars and scratch his ears or give him a love tap.  "He can do whatever he wants, he can come inside [or] he can go outside," said Brian.

Including Buck, there are 12 Southern White Rhinos in the herd. Jennifer Berthiaume, Marketing and PR Director for Lion Country Safari says, "Rhinos in the wild are facing a lot of tragedy right now.  There's only about 19,000 left." They are being slaughtered because there is a misconception about their horns being an aphrodisiac. Jennifer says this is not true, "There horns are made up of the same stuff as our hair and nails; compressed keratin."

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