Water is indispensable to the rhinoceros, and, even if his usual haunts be distant from the fountain, he seeks it at least once in the course of the twenty-four hours, as well to quench his thirst as to wallow in the mud, with which his body is frequently incrusted, leaving to the thirsty traveler nothing but a mass of well-kneaded dough.
FŒTUS OF RHINOCEROS KEITLOA.
Little seems to be known of the breeding habits of this animal: whether it lives in monogamy, or has a plurality of wives, and so forth. It appears certain, however, that the female only produces one young at a birth, and that, too, at considerable intervals. During the first month, the young rhinoceros exceeds not the size of a large dog, with the merest indication of horns. A complete and full-grown fœtus of R. Keitloa that I once obtained measured thus:
|Length of body (from tip of nose, over the head, and along the back) to insertion of tail||3||6|
|Length of tail||0||10|
|Circumference of body behind shoulder||2||4|
|" head (across the eyes)||1||8|
|Height at the shoulder||2||1|
|Length of head between ears and eyes||0||41|
|""" eyes (corner nearest nostrils)||0||7|