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A rhino was killed by poachers and its horn cut off in Kaziranga National Park of Assam.

The Assam Kaziranga University admissions

The carcass of the adult female rhino was found on August 8 near Meteka beel of the park and is suspected to have been killed on August 7.

Empty cartridges were also recovered near the carcass.

A suspected poacher has been detained and investigation is on, official sources said.

The news comes at a time when around 50% of the world-famous Kaziranga National Park is still inundated with flood waters.

At least 18 rhinos and 135 other wild animals died in the deluge this year.

 

Kaziranga National Park director Karmashree P Sivakumar had said that 172 wild animals have been rescued so far from floodwater, even though over 95% of the park remained inundated until July 23.

“Last year, 263 animals, including many endangered rhinos, were killed in flood while 169 animals were rescued… all-out efforts are being made to take care of the animals in the entire Kaziranga National Park,” Sivakumar had said.

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Editor’s Note: The cover photograph was changed on October 18, 2020.

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