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Rhinoceros
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     challenging words:    mix-up, hearing, rhino, barrel-shaped, best, disadvantage, weit, poachers, powerless, authority, agreement, savannahs, ultimate, estimate, originally, lifetime
     content words:    Second Heaviest Land Animal


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Rhinoceros   

1     Rhinoceros (or "rhinos" for short) just might win the title of "World's Second Heaviest Land Animal." There is no doubt that elephants are the world's heaviest land animals. But there is no agreement among scientists about the first place runner-up. Well, this truly is a tough call! Two finalists - rhinos and hippos - both weigh more than 7,000 pounds!
 
2     Rhinos stand up to 6.5 feet tall and weigh over 7,000 pounds. They live in a wide range of environments. Some rhino species live in savannahs. Some inhabit open woodlands. Others prefer dense tropical forests. Rhinos may look intimidating, but they are actually vegetarians that feed on grasses, twigs, leaves, and shrubs.
 
3     There are five different species of rhinos. Two live in Africa (white rhinos and black rhinos). Three live in Asia (Indian rhinos, Javan rhinos, and Sumatran rhinos). White rhinos, black rhinos, and Sumatran rhinos all have two horns. Indian rhinos and Javan rhinos possess just a single horn. With the exception of Sumatran rhinos, the other four rhino species have almost no hair on their thick skin. All rhinos have short and stocky legs to support their barrel-shaped bodies.

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