Renault's TV ad for the Kangoo showed a male rhinoceros getting amorous with it. Trouble is, Renaults really do excite horny rhinos, as one unfortunate Laguna found out...

Renault's TV ad for the Kangoo showed a male rhinoceros "having intercourse" with the French van. Trouble is, Renaults really do arouse rhinos, as one unfortune Laguna found out in Britain...


The naughty advertisement, shown in South Africa about a year ago, raised eyebrows and caused chuckles in living rooms. But in a bizarre case of life imitating art, a rampant rhinoceros this week gave a group of visitors a glimpse of nature in the raw at a British safari park when he tried to have sex with their Laguna.


Sharka, a two-ton white rhino, got amorous with Dave Alsop's Renault when Dave stopped with three friends to take pictures of the animal mating with its partner Trixie at the West Midland Safari Park.


The 12-year-old rhino tried to mount the Renault Laguna from the side, denting the doors and ripping off the wing mirrors before Dave drove away with a puffing Sharka in pursuit.


"He was a big boy and obviously aroused," Alsop told the this week. "He sidled up against us. The next thing I know he's banging away at the car and it's rocking like hell."


A spokesman for the park said Sharka was a hit with the female rhinos and had fathered two calves in the past five years.


"He's got a bit of a reputation and he was obviously at it again," the spokesman added.