Elephants may be big, but this black rhino was not in the mood for any nonsense despite the difference in size.
These incredible photos capture the duel between two arrogant teenage elephants and a female black rhino at a waterhole in Etosha National Park in Namibia.
Taken to tusk: Elephants may be big, but this black rhino wasn’t in the mood for any nonsense.
The two African species are often civil to each other, but the rhino’s arrival has clearly upset the juvenile elephants.
A juvenile elephant attempts to intimidate a black rhino, but the rhino stands her ground.
A confrontation ensued between the two elephants and the rhino. But the latter, though being smaller, stood her ground – and even chased one of the elephants away.
Off you go: The rhino turns the tables and sees the elephant off, as the rest of the herd stands nearby.
The images were taken by wildlife photographer Andrew Forsyth, who suggested that once the rhino arrived, a peaceful scene would ensue.
One of the elephants lifts its front leg, threateningly, but the rhino stands her ground and just stares at it.
The stocky rhino faces down one of the elephants across the rocky ground by the watering hole.
One of the elephants charges the rhino, which stands firm with its head down.
The size difference between the two animals is readily apparent in this photograph.
One of the elephants and the rhino move their confrontation into the bushes.