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Assam: 10-day Rhino calf rescued from flood waters of Kaziranga National Park

A 10-days old male rhino calf was rescued from flood waters in Kaziranga National Park on Tuesday.

According to forest official, the calf was rescued from the outer fringe of Central Range near Mihimukh highland.

“The rhino calf was alone his mother could not be detected. The calf is weak and debilitated and has been sent to the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) for stabilization and rehabilitation,” said a forest official.

Talking to Newsmove, Dr Samsul Ali, CWRC, veterinarian said, “The rhino calf is weak and in a stabilization.The rhino calf will take 15-20 days for proper stabilization. The calf is under CWRC and we are monitoring his every activities.”

The Kaziranga National Park have been hit by the deluge and the park authorities are keeping a close watch on the movement of animals that cross over the National Highway running through the park and face the risk of being run over.

In Kaziranga, due to flood many wild animals including one horned rhinos are taking shelter to highlands constructed inside the park.

The park authority and district administration have restricted speed limit of all vehicles on the National Highway 37, which passes through the national park.

P Sivakumar, field director of KNP said, “70 per cent of the park was affected due to the flood and till now four animals have died. Three animals have died while crossing road and one Swamp dear was found dead in the park boundary in No. 1 Sildubi Gaon.”

“Out of 223 camps, 125 camps are inundated. No rescue operation has begun but if required our forest guards are ready. Our forest team has been monitoring every activity in the park to thwart any poaching activity,” he said.

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