Tuesday, 10 July 2012

14 rhinos amongst hundreds of animals drowned in floods in India

More than 500 large mammals have drown in Kaziranga 
July 2012. Incessant rains are causing water levels on India's Bramhaputra River and her tributaries to rise and flood forests, farmlands and villages across northern India. Waters here have reached dangerous levels in Kaziranga National Park, which is home to tigers, elephants, one-horned rhinos and many other species.

As the water levels in Kaziranga rise, many animals are leaving the safety of Kaziranga, located in the floodplains, and move to safer higher ground. However to reach the higher ground, they have to cross a major road, and once there they are vulnerable to poaching. 

Many of the animals that have drowned are the young and the old, those that could not make the journey to the safety of the higher ground. 

Carcasses found
The carcasses found so far include; 14 were one-horned rhinos, an elephant, more than 500 deer, 30+ wild boars and 2 hog badgers.

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