Incredible pictures: FOUR-TON rhino flown by helicopter to new home in South Africa

Incredible pictures: FOUR-TON rhino flown by helicopter to new home in South Africa

Pigs might fly but massive rhinos usually do not – unless they are being moved to a new home.

In a scene that seems to defy the laws of physics, the four-ton animal is carried through the air by a helicopter.

It is just the perspective from the photographer’s position on the ground that makes the aircraft appear so small compared to the huge animal.

The white rhinoceros was airlifted to a new home by wildlife experts. Firstly it was tranquillised, then carefully strapped to the helicopter before dangling upside-down during the 10-minute flight in South Africa.

Photographer Em Gatland, who captured the images, said: “Taking pictures of the rhino was surreal and a mixture of emotion.

“With the current rhino crisis, being so close to the prehistoric creature was a breathtaking experience.”

Em, 31, added: “Airlifting the rhino was a big team operation and the biggest difficulty for me was manoeuvring between people to get a good picture of it.”

The animal was blindfolded and sedated to minimise its stress during the move. It was one of several relocated in Natal by a wildlife conservation team.

Precise locations are kept secret because of the threat from poachers. The animals are moved for various reasons including to reduce the chance of inbreeding. The rhinos will be monitored to make sure they settle in their new home.

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