Kaziranga in a crisis: Wildlife officials rescue baby rhinos trying to escape floods
Kaziranga is facing a wildlife crisis as hog deer and rhinos escape the flooded national park and almost die.
Forest officials and wildlife conservationists try to catch a baby rhino that strayed from Kaziranga National Park in Assam into an adjacent village after the park was flooded. Six rhino calves who were displaced in the floods were rescued, an official said. AP
Forest officials on a boat head to rescue a baby rhino. The six baby rhinos who were rescued are between the ages of one month and one year. AP
“They (the baby rhinos) were found separated from their mothers after being washed away in the floods. We have rescued them and they are under treatment at our veterinary centre which is five km away from the main gate of the park,” Rathin Barman, deputy director of Wildlife Trust of India, which runs the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation, said. AP
“Some of them are in a critical condition because they were about to get drowned before we saved them. They are also suffering from severe trauma of the floods. We are hopeful that all of them will be fine very soon,” Barman said. AP
Kaziranga is facing a major wildlife crisis as large portions of its area have been inundated in what are being described as the worst floods in a decade. The rescue team have also saved about 50 hog deer. Some deer have already died after being hit by vehicles on the NH-37 when they tried to escape from the flooded Kaziranga, Barman said. AP