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Mock Rhino exoskeleton suit

For more realistic zoo escape drills
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Tokyo Zoo does an annual "Oh no, the rhino has gotten out of the enclosure, let's recapture it" drill.

To be honest the mock rhino's performance to date is not likely to garner any Oscars. See link for video evidence.

Seeing as Akihabara is just down the way, it should be possible to cobble enough robotics stuff together to make a somewhat more energetic mock Rhino exoskeleton, and so provide slightly more realism.

Of course it should be more powerful, but being careful not to overdo it. Ramming through steel doors or leaping tall buildings in a single bound...

As a spin-off the head could be replaced with a bull's head and bull- fighters could get an entirely humane spectacle as the matadors take it in turn to wear the bull exo. "Careful with that pointy thing Manuel, you nearly took my eye out!" came the muffled voice from the bowels of the bull..

not_morrison_rm, Feb 08 2012

Mock Rhino desultory escape attempt..... http://www.bbc.co.u...world-asia-16950361
needs a better exo [not_morrison_rm, Feb 08 2012]

old style British elephant mecha http://cyberneticzoo.com/?p=4774
[not_morrison_rm, Feb 09 2012]


       So, not something you wear while mocking rhinos?
spidermother, Feb 08 2012

       Mock rhinos are right up there on the engendered species list, along with mock turtles and mock ingbirds.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 08 2012

       Oh, and a [+] if only for the use of "desultory", which I think is one of the most beautifully crafted words in the English language.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 08 2012

       [MaxwellBuchanan] You've composed a simple desultory panegyric!
mouseposture, Feb 09 2012

       I fail to see how the fake rhino knocked over the one employee, unless that was a planned part of the act. At any rate, against that rhino I would have been effective by myself, with a simple quarterstaff. (Actually it's a buck-and-a-quarter staff, but I wouldn't tell the fake rhino that.) ;-)   

       Bun for something they obviously need over there. Also needed is a group of fake monkeys, with grappling claws for swinging and spring loaded legs for leaping.
Psalm_97, Feb 09 2012

       For spiritual reasons, I am compelled to bun any rhinoceros-related Halfbakes. It is beneficial, however, that this one stands on its own merit. [+]   

       I have spent many a long winter's day dreaming of building my own mechanical rhinoceros, and am overjoyed to find that somebody shares my vision.
Alterother, Feb 09 2012

       rcarty, I think you might have gotten the wrong URL on that link..   

       But anyway, could also go for an improved elephant exo, as in the link, and with its atomic batteries producing the equivalent of 1000 hp we could see mixed Formula 1/mecha elephant racing. "Hamilton goes for the corner, but Dumbo late brakes and beats him to it again" in the voice of Murray Walker. Or something like that.   

       //fake monkeys, with grappling claws for swinging and spring loaded legs for leaping.// That's the GM gorgonzola you ate before going to bed talking
not_morrison_rm, Feb 09 2012


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