IT’S not often that the navy is called in to handle dozens of large zoo animals.
But on this occasion, sailors from HMS Collingwood, the navy’s training base in Fareham, were on hand at Marwell Zoo to help with a special project.
The 58 fibreglass creatures have been painted by pupils from local schools, among them Bishop’s Waltham Infants, Lee-on-the-Solent Infants, Titchfield Primary and Wickham Primary.
The project is part of its Go! Rhino campaign.
And the sailors were needed to move them around carefully, making sure not to damage their intricate paintwork while they were being photographed for the project’s guidebook.
As part of a public art exhibition, the model rhinos will be on display as a trail on streets around Southampton.
The trail takes place from July 13 to September 22