Monday, August 17, 2009

Rhino on the rampage

Last week Michael caught a rhinoceros beetle on our front porch. After doing some research online, Michael provided Rhino with some decaying foliage for atmosphere, and some cane sugar and banana for food.
But Rhino was not content with the situation. Captivity was not his cup of tea. He made a hole in the Saran Wrap and escaped to the hidden recesses of the bookshelf.
So we found a new, more secure home for him in a lidded food container.

Late last night, after all of us had fallen asleep, Rhino executed another escape plan. Mark and Barbara woke to the sound of a crash in the apartment. Thinking that a book had fallen from the top bunk in the children's room, we rolled over to go back to sleep. 
Until we heard the rustling noises.

You guessed it. Rhino was on the rampage.

He had somehow propelled the container right over the edge of the bookshelf to the floor. It landed on the lid, and in his determination, Rhino squeezed through the crack we had cut for ventilation. 

He then made his way to the exit, but he met obstacles along the way. 
Thus the rustling. 
Like good hosts, we got up and saw him out the door.
No more pet rhinoceroses for awhile.

"It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery." Galations 5:1
Oh for similar determination to keep ourselves free from the captivity of sin!


Interesting fact: Rhinoceros beetles are the strongest animals on the planet in relation to their own size. They can lift up to 850 times their own weight.

3 comments:

Rosalie said...

Amazing!

The Braggs said...

Very cool! I always thought the ant was the strongest. Very interesting!

Laurie Post said...

So you need to put the next one in a container that weighs 851 times more than the bug. :)