Third rhino has been killed by poachers in last 40 days in Kaziranga National Park of Assam, a senior Forest official said on Tuesday. The poachers killed the female adult rhino in the early hours on Monday on the westernmost side of Bagori, Divisional Forest Officer of the UNESCO declared World Heritage Site SK Seal Sharma said.
(09/2/16) An adult Rhino shot dead in Assam's Kaziranga national park yesterday, poachers escape with horn. pic.twitter.com/c7sTEIyzka— ANI (@ANI_news) February 10, 2016
The carcass was recovered with its horn removed and other body parts missing from a pit, Seal Sharma said. Soon after hearing gunshots, Forest Department patrol teams rushed towards the bank of the river from where the the animal thieves were suspected to have entered the Bagori range. The horn is estimated to be 500 gram in weight as the rhino was a 'sub-adult', the DFO said, adding, several cartridge shells of .303 rifle were recovered from between Daflang and Borbeel Forest Camps in Bagori Range.
WATCH: An adult Rhino shot dead in Assam's Kaziranga national park yesterday, poachers escape with horn.https://t.co/gZFRXTN2V2— ANI (@ANI_news) February 10, 2016
Though a massive search has been launched since Sunday morning, the carcass could not be located till today as it had fallen into a ditch and was covered by tall grass and water hyacinth, Pradip Phukan, forest beat officer of Borbil-Daflang Beat of KNP said.
Meanwhile, KNP authorities intensified the security of the Park as the poachers have changed their movement pattern taking the waterways from the westernmost side of the Brahmaputra to enter Bagori and Agaratoli ranges as indicated by the recovery of the carcass, nearly 12 km away from Bagori Range Office. On January 27 last, an adult male rhino was killed in Kaziranga and its horn taken away by poachers.
Last year 17 rhinos were killed by poachers.
People's reaction to the brutal killing:
Allow privatisation of breeding rhino farms-legally sell horns for keratin.saw off horns,off rhinos undr anaesthesia https://t.co/hMn4nNoluX— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) February 10, 2016
The tragedy continue and @tarun_gogoi sleeps. Another Rhino killed. Shame— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) February 10, 2016