Long ago the Rhino was a hornless animal. His grey skin & bulky body were his only defining features.
Rhinos days were filled with endless hours of grazing but each hour he ate, he was mocked by the other animals for his plain features.
Springbok would gloat about his beautiful coat, kudu of his fine twisted horns & giraffe would boast about her long neck. These features defined them against all other animals. Poor Rhino was just boring & bland.
One day Rhino decided he had enough of grazing. All of the eating had made him thirsty so he went to the waterhole.
On his arrival Elephant was there & as soon as Rhino arrived Elephant began boasting. "Look at my trunk, look at my ears, even look at my tail, I am not a plain animal like you!" Rhino was hurt inside so he just drank in silence.
Hippo appeared, opened her mouth & let out a huge laugh. "Look at you Rhino, you are boring & bland. I am too but at least I can hide in the water!" Rhino looked up. This mocking was making him upset so he turned to walk away, he did not want trouble or to be bullied. As he turned he bumped into lion. "Hello Rhino you boring looking beast, have you been looking at you plain reflection again?" Rhino had had enough. Deep down he was happy with who he was. He did not care what he looked like but his rage swelled when Elephant stated again.
Rhino did not want to hurt anyone but his rage drove him so mad he had to let it out.
He saw a large tree & ran straight into it head first. As he did so 2 sharp branches snapped & landed on his nose. The pain was intense. He turned around to the others for help but they thought he was coming after them. They ran.
Rhino liked this. There was no mocking, he had respect. He went to the water to soothe his nose. When he looked down he saw the branches, they had snapped off in points & made him look tough. He also looked different.
Rhino left the branches there. In time hair grew over them & to this day he still wears his horns. If animals get too close he remembers the taunts & rushes towards anyone who gets too close, he still remembers the mental pain. Now he has his horns no one is game to mock Rhino or push his short temper.