KNP wild animals’ flood death toll reaches 110

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KAZIRANGA, JULY 20: As the water level inside the Kaziranga National Park has now started receding, more and more carcasses of wild animals are being recovered by the staff.
According to information received from the Divisional Forest Officer of Eastern Assam Wildlife Division Rohini Saikia, till yesterday a total of 110 wild animals of Kaziranga National Park died during this flood. Out of these, 7 Rhinos had died due to drowning and 1 due to other factors. Two Rhinos, rescued by the staff, are now under treatment of the CWRC.
Thirteen Hog Deer hit by vehicles died, while 50 Hog Deer died due to drowning and 10 more died due to other factors. A total of 51 Hog Deer were rescued out of which 38 were released after treatment. Ten of these Deer are still under treatment, while 4 died on arrival at the CWRC.
Five Swamp Deer died due to drowning, while 2 were rescued and 2 were released later. One Elephant drowned and 1 was rescued. One Water Buffalo also drowned. One Sambar was killed after being hit by a vehicle, while 7 of those died due to drowning. One was rescued. Six wild Boar and 2 Porcupines also drowned.
As far as anti-poaching camps are concerned, 53 camps are still inundated. Patrolling has been intensified as some wild animals including Rhinos were seen straying out towards a fringe village Da Goan near Kohora in Kaziranga. (Courtesy: AT)