Elephant found dead, rhino injured in Assam

While the female elephant was found dead in Tinsukia district, a rhino was injured after being knocked down by a vehicle on the animal corridor at Kaziranga National Park

Guwahati: The carcass of an adult elephant was found in Assam’s Tinsukia district, while a rhino was injured after being knocked down by a vehicle on the animal corridor in Kaziranga National Park, forest officials said on Friday.

The female elephant, aged about 30 years, was found dead in Sadia Range under Doomdooma Division on Friday and it is suspected that she was electrocuted to death.

On receiving information, forest personnel along with veterinary doctors rushed to the site and a post mortem of the animal is being conducted.

Assam: Elephant handed over to Kaziranga National Park authorities for killing teenager

Police registered a case under Section 304A of IPC and gave the elephant along with her eight-month-old calf to Kaziranga National Park for safe custody

Golaghat (Assam): A female elephant was handed over to the authorities of Kaziranga National Park on Thursday after the animal allegedly killed a 14-year-old boy in Bokakhat of Assam‘s Golaghat district, the police said.

Police registered a case under Section 304A of the IPC (causing death by negligence) and gave the jumbo along with her eight-month-old calf to the KNP for safe custody, they said.

The female elephant, ‘Dulumoni’, allegedly trampled Bitu Gaud to death two days ago, prompting the police to seize the mother-calf duo and register the case, a senior official said.

When contacted, KNP Director P Sivakumar told PTI that the young boy most likely tried to tease the calf and it must have instigated the mother to kill him.

The elephant, who reportedly took the life of another person last year, belongs to Jiten Gogoi, a two-time former MLA.

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Most wanted Rhino Poacher apprehended at Kaziranga

In a major operation, the Biswanath Wildlife Division of Kaziranga National Park & Tiger Reserve with help of the Arunachal Pradesh Police Department apprehended one of the most wanted Rhino horn trader/poacher on Friday.

The apprehended poacher was identified as Jobi Gadi alias Autho Gadi of Arunachal Pradesh.

As per the forest department of Assam, he was involved in recent Rhino Poaching at Lokhora Chapori of 6th addition to Kaziranga National Park & Tiger Reserve on April 2019 (ER-01/2019-20) and many more.

Meanwhile, a Non-bailable warrant was issued by the SDJM court, Gohpur too.

The forest team was also supported by Biswanath Civil & Police administration, Rahul Dutta of IRF among others.

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Carcass of female tiger cub recovered at Kaziranga National Park

Tazeng Anti-poaching camp staffs of Kaziranga Range while on regular patrolling have detected a tiger cub carcass on February 2, 2021.

Senior officers, Veterinarians NGO, NTCA, Media and staff visited the place of occurrence and after through Post Mortem and sample collection for further investigation, the carcass was completely burnt.

General observation and Post Mortem reveals multiple puncture marks on the neck and nearby area, broken ribs etc.

The approximate age of the female cub is 4 months.

The cause of death is infighting.

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Uproar at NH37 in Kaziranga, police resort to blank firing

A major scuffle broke out between the locals and the police and forest authorities at Kaziranga this morning.

As per reports, the clash broke out following the imposition of section 144 in area to prevent community fishing on 13th and 14th.

The district authorities has imposed the ban on fishing as they believe the locals are up for business under the veil of traditions. This has irked up the locals as they gathered up for fishing and after a scuffle with the police today, they blocked the National Highway 37.

Sources informed that the police then had to resort to blank firing to disperse the local people.

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3 to 4 days old Rhino calf rescued in Kaziranga

Around 16 rhinos have lost their lives due to floods this year

Guwahati: A 3-4 days old rhino calf was rescued by the forest staff of Kaziranga National Park at 10:30 am today.

The calf was taken to the rescue centre CWRC for further observations.

Meanwhile, all possible efforts are being taken to reunite the calf with its mother, informed the forest officials.

Informing the matter, the official Twitter handle of Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve said, “A 3-4 days old rhino baby was rescued by our staff at 10:30 am today and was taken to our rescue centre CWRC for further observations. All possible efforts will be taken to reunite him with his mother.”

It may be mentioned that around 16 rhinos have lost their lives due to the state flood this year. As per forest reports, 12 died due to drowning and rest 4 by natural deaths, thus, taking the death toll of rhinos to 16 this year.

On the other hand, around 147 animals have lost their lives in state floods, of which 170 animals have been rescued by the team of forest officials.

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Priyanka Chopra gives clarion call to raise funds for Assam Floods

Guwahati: Former Assam Tourism Brand Ambassador and Bollywood Actress Priyanka Chopra on Sunday urged everyone to come and support to raise funds for Assam Floods.

Taking to Twitter, Priyanka Chopra said, "#Assamfloods #PrayForAssam #AssamNeedsHelp You can make a donation here: Rapid Response:https://rapidresponse.org.in/assam-floods.html Action Aid: https://actionaidindia.org/assam-flood-relief-2020/?utm_source=Website&utm_medium=Banner_Assam_Floods&utm_campaign=Website_Banner_Assamfloods."

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Artificial Highlands Inside KNP Don’t Deliver In Long Run: Wildlife Experts

GUWAHATI: Wildlife experts have expressed the view that artificial highlands built inside the Kaziranga National Park fail to deliver in the long run. The highlands are built inside the park for wild animals to take refuge during floods that hit the park every year.

Conservationists and experts have made this observation in the wake of approval of Rs 12.5 crore by the Centre to the Assam government for constriction of 32-km long artificial highlands inside the park.

The observations come after the Centre approved Rs 12.5 crore to the Assam government for constructing a 32-km artificial highlands inside the KNP for shelter of animals during floods.

While presently KNP is severely hit by the present wave of flood, as many as 125 animals, including 12 rhinos have died as per sources in KNP. Last year, floods took a toll of over 300 animals, including more than 20 rhinos, inside the park.

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One-horned Rhino dies of old age in Kaziranga National Park

GUWAHATI: In a heartbreaking incident, a strayed rhino from Kaziranga National Park (KNP) suspected to have died due to old aged sickness on Friday morning.

As per a forest report, the rhino which has been straying at Bandardubi area since July 17, 2020 and drawn attention of all concerned public was found dead at about 11 am today at the edge of Deopani River inside the National Park by the staff of Dusuti camp of Bagori Range.

The cause of death of rhino has been ascertained as old aged sickness.

Meanwhile, all available veterinary care was resorted to ailing rhino, the forest report stated further.

At least 12 rhinos have lost their life in the state flood this year, of which 9 died of drowning and 3 naturally.

It may be mentioned that a total of 153 animals have been rescued by the forest official and 125 animals have died in the Assam Flood.

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Prince William concerned over flood in Kaziranga, writes to director

Guwahati: Raising concerns over the devastation to Kaziranga National Park and its precious wildlife due to heavy monsoon flooding, Prince William from Kensington Palace, London shared a letter to the Director of Kaziranga on Friday.

In the letter, Prince William shared his nostalgic memories with Duchess of Cambridge Catherine in their last visit to the national park in the year 2016.

“Catherine and I were heartbroken to hear about the appalling devastation to Kaziranga National Park and its precious wildlife caused by the very heavy monsoon flooding. We have the happiest memories of our visit to Kaziranga in April 2016 and we are shocked by what has happened. The deaths of so many animals, including one-horned rhino, is deeply upsetting. We know from our visit how dedicated all the staff in Kaziranga are in caring for the Park’s wildlife, and can only begin to imagine what a difficult time this must be. Catherine and I greatly admire all the work that you and the rangers at Kaziranga are doing to risk your own safety, rescue animals and contain the damage. The loss of life and livelihoods in Assam as a result of the flooding, coming on top of the COVID-19 pandemic, is deeply distressing. We offer our deepest condolences to all those affected,” the letter reads.

Meanwhile, sharing gratitude to Prince William, State Environment and Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya tweets back saying, “My sincere gratitude towards His Royal Highness Prince William & @KensingtonRoyal for their deep concerns on the flood situation of @kaziranga_. Your admiring words towards the ever dedicated staff of @kaziranga_will empower them with more encouragement for safeguarding the park.”

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