News from the Natural World: A Javan Rhino has entered the London Marathon and won.
For many years people have been dressing up as animals and taking part in the famous London Marathon. They pick an endangered animal, put on a massive suit and run 26.2 miles. Over the years countless “animals” have completed the race. Elephants, pandas, camels, gorilla and even a velociraptor. But one of the most famous competitors was a man who dressed up as a rhino. In addition to the size of the costume it was also incredibly heavy. But nonetheless these humans always managed to complete the marathon and raise money for the animals. In distant Java a certain someone was captivated by these events.
Jemima the Javan Rhino had been the greatest runner in her rhino crash. It all started after a traumatic event in her early childhood. One morning when she was wee rhino calf she had been romping around in the dense steaming jungles of Java, Indonesia. Her mother, father, brother and friends were in a nearby clearing when she heard a loud noise and crashing sound. Jemima ran towards the noise and saw a horrific sight that scared her for life.
Rhinos are on the brink
In front of her were the slaughtered bodies of her brother, father and the rest of the Javan Rhino crash. Bullet holes riddled their bodies and blood dripped from their noses. Human poachers stood over their lifeless forms, guns in hand and grins on faces. They were human poachers who killed the Javan Rhino for its horn. One of the poachers was stood over Jemima’s mum, she was still alive whilst he was sawing off her horn. Jemima will never forget the look of terror and pain in her eyes. She stared straight at Jemima and shouted “RUNNNNN”. She turned tail and ran as fast as her legs could carry her. Jemima has been running ever since.
She grew up to be the greatest runner of all the Javan Rhinos. When the poachers came she would sprint off. If the loggers came and she would turn and flee. She just wanted to live in peace. One morning she strayed into a conservationists camp and wandered past their out building. She saw images flashing past on a box. The images were of thousands and thousands of humans all running together. It was the London Marathon.
Jemima the Javan Rhino couldn’t believe it. There were thousands and thousands of runners, all smiling and being cheered by fans. Then she saw it, a Javan Rhino, or at least what appeared to be a Javan Rhino. But it was a human dressed as one They were running the marathon to raise money to save her species. Jemima couldn’t believe it, this could be her chance to run to truly save her kind. She could finally confront what she had been running from all these years, the extinction of her species.
Javan Rhino enters the London Marathon
Jemima trained all year and when the time came she flew to London. Millions had gathered to watch the first ever animal run the London Marathon. At the start line she felt famous, people where coming up to her taking selfies and posing for pictures. They couldn’t believe an actual Javan Rhino was going to run and try to save her species. She was ready, this was her moment. The gun went off…. BOOM! The sound caused a flashback, images of Jemima’s childhood flashed before her eyes. Her family being shot by the poachers, her mother having her horn shaved off and shouting at her. One word entered her mind, the sound of her mother shouting “RUNNNNN!”
Jemima inspires human activists
Jemima ran and ran and ran. She ran so fast and so hard that she not only won the race she broke the world record. She ran the London marathon in 1.59 hours. The crowds went absolutely wild because Jemima had just blown the world apart. As the news went viral people started donating millions and millions to save the Javan Rhino. Jemima knew that she had saved her species, that the humans would do the right thing and rescue the remaining rhinos from extinction.
Jemima’s effort was not in vain. Her run inspired humans in Indonesia and as a result there have been no poaching incidents in Ujong Kulon National Park in 20 plus years. Conservationists and hardworking local Indonesians formed Rhino Protection Units (RPUs) to protect the Javan Rhino population. In fact the IRF is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Rhino Protection Unit program this August. Jemima’s marathon managed to inspire these humans and the RPUs achieved no poaching in the park. What a result, Jemima would truly be proud.
For the first time ever a Javan Rhino has entered and won the London Marathon.
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