Do Rhinos Put Out Fires?

Do Rhinos Put Out Fires?

According to Discovery Channel, rhinos are not capable of putting out fires. While they are known to stomp their feet when nervous or upset, fires trigger a sense of panic in the animal, eliciting a "flight" response.

The myth about rhinos putting out fires may be related to the animal's highly-evolved sense of smell; the scent of ashes and smoke would irritate the rhino's olfactory sensory neurons and send it into a stomping fit of rage. Additionally, brush fires that rhinos encounter in the wilds of Africa spread rapidly and encompass large areas too big for the animals to put out.