Saturday, December 16, 2006
Illustration Friday: Help
The rhino has a symbiotic relationship with oxpeckers, also called tick birds. In Swahili the tick bird is named "askari wa kifaru," meaning "the rhino's guard." The bird eats ticks it finds on the rhino and noisily warns of danger. Although the birds also eat blood from sores on the rhino's skin and thus obstruct healing, they are still tolerated.
I realized after I posted this, that the colors on the rhino remind me of Mr. Bubble.
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