Nearly 100 wild animals including rhinos, swamp deer rescued from flooded Kaziranga Forest


Officials have conveyed that, over a hundred wild animals, counting 10 one-horned rhinoceros, swamp deer and hog deer, have been rescued by mobile veterinary service units operational near the flooded Kaziranga forest. Some others are still undergoing treatment. The mobile service units, run in cooperation by the Assam Forest Department and two wildlife NGOs, have handled 107 rescue cases in the previous seven days. Officials of the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), which is concerned in the rescue attempts has also further conveyed that, in total 62 hog deer have been free following being rescued by the team. Out of the three eastern swamp deer saved, two stay alive and were brought to the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation for treatment.

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The mobile units also contributed in the rescue of 10 Asian one-horned rhinoceros, of which one expired previous to it could be brought to the rescue centre and an additional was rescued and released soon after. Rathin Barman, Deputy Director of WTI has further conveyed that, eight rhinos, all calves alienated from their mothers, have been kept below observation at the large animal nursery at the centre. A jungle owlet and a fishing cat were also admitted to the centre for treatment throughout the floods. Panjit Basumatary, lead veterinarian at the centre has also further conveyed that, our veterinarians and animal keepers have been operational round the clock to make sure that rescued animals get the necessary treatment and care.

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As great areas of the park are swamped in the annual monsoon floods, wild animals seek higher ground crossways National Highway 37 towards the foothills of Karbi Anglong. The powerful flooding this year has caused unprecedented animal movement and a large number of casualties, mainly hog deer, from vehicular traffic. Kaziranga forest authorities have previously introduced a 'time card' system to control the speed of vehicles on NH-37 during the floods. Basumatary has also further conveyed that, a lot of the animals, as you would wait for from the trauma they have undergone, are highly stressed. Numerous of the orphaned rhino calves in exacting were injured and emaciated, and were initially not responding to our milk formula. They are now reacting well.