Yearly because the annual floods hit Assam, the plight of untamed animals of Kaziranga Nationwide Park and Tiger Reserve (KNPTR) additionally hit the headlines with the give attention to the variety of fatalities.
Aside from the deaths attributable to flooding and automobile hit whereas the animals cross the nationwide freeway adjoining the park to achieve increased areas, dozens of residents of the park unfold throughout 430 sq km are rescued by groups of forest personnel and wildlife veterinarians.
“This yr, six groups that embrace forest personnel and veterinarians had been concerned in rescuing animals in the course of the floods. The scale of the workforce relies on the dimensions of the animal wanted to be rescued. For a tiger rescue, as many as 100 folks or extra are concerned,” mentioned P Sivakumar, director, KNPTR.
This yr, 172 animals together with Three rhinos, Four tigers, 120 hog deer, 31 pythons and Four king cobras have been rescued from in and across the park throughout floods. The season had witnessed 150 animal deaths together with 18 rhinos (12 on account of drowning) and 105 hog deer.
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Floodwaters have began receding within the park, the most important habitat of endangered one-horned rhinos, and at current practically 50 p.c of its space is submerged. However work hasn’t stopped for the rescue groups.
On Sunday, a 3-Four days previous feminine rhino calf, which obtained separated from its mom, was rescued from the park’s central vary.
It’s being handled on the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC), the one facility of its variety in India the place orphaned or injured wild animals are hand-raised or handled earlier than returning them to the wild.
“The calf is distressed and dehydrated and we try to feed it milk formulation. Because it’s very small, its well being is vital. Efforts are underway to find the mom and reunite the calf along with her,” mentioned Rathin Barman, in-charge of CWRC.
That is the second rhino calf rescued throughout this yr throughout floods. Each the animals, together with the 5 calves rescued throughout final yr’s floods, are staying at CWRC’s facility situated at Borjuri near KNPTR.
Until date, of the 172 animals rescued throughout this yr’s floods, 149 have been handled and launched again into the wild whereas 17 had died on arrival or throughout remedy. Six animals together with 2 rhinos, Three hog deer and a king cobra are nonetheless beneath remedy.
“Rescuing a wild animal all the time includes some dangers because it not used to human presence. A few of us have gotten injured as effectively throughout rescues. As soon as the animal comes out of the park, possibilities of it getting injured will increase and there’s the difficulty of crowd administration as effectively,” mentioned Panjit Basumataray, wildlife veterinarian at CWRC.
Officers of KNPTR and CWRC knowledgeable that this yr, the variety of rescues have been lower than earlier floods on account of consciousness marketing campaign amongst villagers residing on the park’s periphery on permitting animals that stray out of the park to achieve increased areas or return to the park on their very own.