RHINO Mania has taken Ellesmere Port by storm.

Visitors to the Port Arcades and the shops in the town are being greeted by a herd of 15 mini-rhinos and, in the opinion of many visitors, the most artistic big rhino of the entire Rhino Mania herd – Brutus.

Fifteen local stores have agreed to give a home to a mini-rhino until September 12 as part of the event.

In addition, Brutus is standing proudly in the centre’s main atrium, framed against a backdrop of a sunset over the rhinos’ natural habitat.

Brutus was designed and painted by Cheshire artist Tamzin Harris who got her inspiration from a print of a rhinoceros made in 1515.

Tamsin said: “I feel very attached to Brutus, having spent so many hours with him, I hope people enjoy him as much as I enjoyed creating him!”

Many mini-rhinos have been designed and decorated by pupils from schools in and around Ellesmere Port.

The Port Arcades are hosting the mini rhinos of the following schools: The Acorns Primary and Nursery School, Willaston C of E Primary School, William Stockton Community School, Rossmore School, Rivacre Valley Primary School, Wolverham Primary and Nursery School, Christ Church C of E Primary School, Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School, Ellesmere Port Catholic High School, Woodlands Primary School – Junior and Infant Department and Whitby Heath Primary School.

Sited in shop windows in and around the Port Arcades, the fifteen mini-rhinos have found a temporary home for the next two months.

After the summer, each mini-rhino will go back to their own school.