Biomorphic Animal: The Combat-Ready Sumatran Rhinoceros

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The Sumatran Rhinoceros, also known as the Dicerorhinus sumatrensis, live primarily in mountain forests in the countries of Malaysia and Indonesia. They are critically endangered due to poaching. In most Asian countries, rhino horn is believed to cure cancer, despite the medical evidence that states otherwise. To ensure its safety in the wild, the rhinoceros is equipped with armor composed of various materials. These materials are kevlar, graphene, and ceramic plates. Graphene and Kevlar are both highly durable synthetic fabrics that allow for high flexibility. The body of the rhinoceros is covered largely in a layer of graphene cloth. To protect more vital areas, either more layers of graphene are added or a different type of armor is placed over. For the rhino’s face, multiple layers of graphene are added for extra protection. Multiple layers of graphene are put on its legs, with the added protection of a single layer of graphene to protect the otherwise exposed joints. Less mobile areas such as the shoulders, femur, and overall torso of the rhinoceros are given ceramic plated armor with multiple layers of Kevlar. This type of armor is the same thing as what is used in a bullet-proof vest. Also a katana was tied to its tail to fight off natural predators.

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