Wednesday, December 12, 2007

I Want A Rhinoceros For Christmas

Strasburg, Va. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Don’t be alarmed if you find a 2,000-pound rhino under the Christmas tree this season.

The International Rhino Foundation, which aids in the conservation of rhinos, is putting rhinos from the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia up for adoption.

The rhinos, who are critically endangered with only 275 in the world, are up to five feet tall and nine feet long, making them a super-sized stocking stuffer.

And according to spokesperson Susie Ellis, kids are singing “I want a rhinoceros for Christmas.”

She says, “We get a lot of kids interested in the rhinos. They get a certificate, a photo of their rhino, and a bio. Visits can be arranged, but they’d have to be very determined because the sanctuary is very remote.”

There are five available rhinos up for adoption, and according to Ellis, there’s one for everyone.

Ellis says, “There’s an older male who just lays around and eats, and two rambunctious young females. They’re all just remarkable animals and have tremendous personalities.”

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