Animals: Rhinoceros

Lumpy-hided, gargoyle-headed, hideously monstrous, the single-horned Indian rhinoceros is fine to look at in a zoo but no creature to have around a palace. King George V lately got one as a present from the Maharajah of Nepal, promptly turned it over to the London Zoo. That reminded the Manchester Guardian of the way another king had solved the problem of a gift rhinoceros. In the 16th Century, Portuguese explorers captured one in India, brought it back to their monarch. His delight at owning the first rhinoceros ever seen in Europe soon turned...

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