Battle to save life of rhino after poachers shot it and sliced off its horn
A rare rhinoceros has been cruelly butchered by poachers who shot it and sliced off its horn.
Veterinarians struggled to save the life of the endangered animal after it wandered out of a flooded national park in northeastern India.
The attack on the one-horned rhino sparked outrage in the state of Assam, home to the world”s largest concentration of the rare rhino.
Horrific: Villagers look at a wounded endangered one horned Rhinoceros that was butchered by poachers in the jungle in Assam
Footage of the bleeding rhino with its horn removed and a cut to its ear was broadcast on local television.
Environmentalist Somyadeep Dutta said: “It is a sad day for Assam.
“I am appalled at the fact that poachers could get away with the horn of a live rhino.”
Heavy rains across Assam have caused flooding in recent days that killed 18 people and forced 1.4 million to flee their homes.
Much of the 480 square kilometer (185 square mile) Kaziranga National Park was also flooded, drowning two rhinos and at least a dozen other animals, mostly deer, said Suresh Chand, Assam”s chief wildlife warden.
Desperate bid to save: Villagers and vets tried to rescue the endangered animal after heartless poachers ripped off its horn
Many other animals migrated to higher ground. The rhino was one of them, leaving the park for a highland across a busy highway, where trailing guards lost track of it, Chand said.
The rhino was then shot by poachers, who sawed off its horn while it was still alive.
Rhino horn powder is coveted in some Asian countries as a medicine or an aphrodisiac and its popularity has led to a rise in rhino poaching.
Veterinarians were rushed to the rhino”s side to try to save its live, Chand said.
An employee of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau displays elephant tusks which were seized by Philippine customs authorities over a two-year period following failed smuggling attempts in the country
An employee of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) shows seized the valuable ivory haul that was seized
An estimated 2,500 out of the world”s 3,000 one-horned rhinos live in Kaziranga.
A total of 13 have been killed by poachers around the park in the past nine months, a trend that has caused worry among environmental groups.
Dutta demanded a probe into the incident by India”s Central Bureau of Investigation.
Dutta said: “The existence of organized poaching syndicates has only been proved by Wednesday”s gruesome incident.”