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When Mshindi, a Black Rhinoceros and resident of the Denver Zoo injured his foot, it meant spending a lot more time indoors and away from the excitement of his enclosure and the other animals living in it.
So, as an effort to provide 21-year old Mshindi with some socialization and novel enrichment, zookeepers introduced him to 12-year old Bodie the Wonder Dog (safely, of course).
Bodie is a Labrador/Collie mix that was adopted from the Colorado Humane Society and is the star of the Denver Zoo’s Wildlife Show.
It turns out the pair have something in common – their love for carrots and yams!
“Having Bodie come in to him is like bringing a brand new form of enrichment right to Mshindi and it’s really helping Bodie as well. He has a tendency to get excited with other animals, especially large animals. As you can see, he’s really, really calm around such a large rhino,” assistant curator of zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage, Becca McCloskey explained to KUSA 9News. “It took a couple of tries and now he’s settled down.”
Trainers say that both Mshindi and Bodie seem to really enjoy each other’s company, but they are keeping a very watchful eye on both, particularly watching the animals’ eyes and ear positions, to make sure things continue to go well.