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The Rhino Who Joined the Family

Discovery - 10pm

Who's in it?

This unlikely documentary tells the poignant saga of the family who took in an orphaned rhinoceros, and the intense affection that unfolded.

In a nutshell

Rupert the Rhino. Sounds like some kind of Peppa Pig spin-off, but not a bit of it. This is the very real story of a very real rhino, and it’s more incredible and emotional than any kids’ fable. It begins with a tear-jerking tragedy straight out of Bambi or Dumbo: the accidental death of a lactating momma rhino, who drowns in the Zambezi River. Rangers discover a tiny baby rhino next to her – and that, everybody, is Rupert, who is promptly taken in by a vet named Mike.

What ensues is a surreal, strange and wonderful series of events, where Rupert becomes part pet, part member of the family. It’s a story of highs and lows, and you can rest assured the finale will be every bit as wrenching as the beginning, but you’ll also learn about the finer points of rhino-raising, including the dietary requirements. Eight pints of milk a day, for one thing…

What's the verdict?

You might want to have some hankies handy, because this is a documentary that’ll make your eyes shed tears even as your lip forms a big silly smile during the funny/clumsy/just-plain-odd moments. A delight.

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07-07-2011