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Anxiety over moving house may feel acute, but it'll go away

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There once was a male black rhinoceros, named Rai, that developed a "phobia" to urban living.

Human voices, raised in merriment, terrified him. Construction noises upset him, and he flinched at the sound of a bell announcing the hour.

Rai became unable to leave the safety of his sleeping quarters.

Three years ago, Rai--now 8 years old--was moved from a zoo in Tobe, Ehime Prefecture, to Tennoji Zoo in Osaka.

His new home was not only near the busy Hanshin Expressway, but also abutted Tsutenkaku, Osaka's landmark tower and a major tourist attraction.

"Edgy and fearful, Rai refused to leave his cramped sleeping quarters," recalled his........

© The Asahi Shimbun