Marathon efforts to rescue tigress from flood in Kaziranga

Following a marathon operation that went more than 24 hours, a team of Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) and Kaziranga National Park (KNP) successfully tranquilised a tigress which strayed out of the park to get rid of flood waters.

The tigress was taking shelter at a house at Baghmari area in Bagori range of the national park since July 14.

“We successfully tranquilised her and took her to our rescue centre at CWRC for further care. Thanks to our veterinarian Samsul Ali and Kaziranga National Park staff for conducting the operation smoothly. Special thanks to civil administration, police, NGOs and mainly local people for helping us in the operation,” said an official.

The official also thanked Prabin Bora for giving shelter to tigress.

As per the officials, the tigress is recovering well from the shock and trauma.

At present over 95% of Kaziranga National Park, a 430 square kilometre jungle that is home to tigers, elephants and the endangered Indian rhinoceros, has been inundated.

So far, 66 animals have died in the park during this wave of floods. Two rhinos, five wild boars, 14 hog deer, one swamp deer and one porcupine have drowned in the flood water. At least 12 hog deer have died after getting hit by speeding vehicles on the national highway 37 which runs through the national park. The rest have died of other reasons.

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