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Rhino uses plastic ball as workout equipment

By Daniel Uria   |   Feb. 10, 2016 at 10:59 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A rhinoceros at a zoo in Iowa made creative use of one of the toys in its pen by repurposing it as a piece of workout equipment.

Blank Park Zoo shared video of the 2,000 pound female African rhino named Ayana attempting to balance on the ball.

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"Boomer balls are made of a very hard plastic are a common enrichment item among animals at Blank Park Zoo," they wrote on Facebook. "They all use them in different ways. Today, Ayana is using hers like a pilates ball."

After taking a moment to workout her core Ayana decides to climb off the ball and playfully nudges it with her horn.

Boomer balls are made of very hard plastic and are a common enrichment item among the animals at Blank Park Zoo. They all use them in different ways. Today, Ayana is using hers like a pilates ball.

Posted by Blank Park Zoo on Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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