Wildlife workers rescue six baby rhinos from flooding in India

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Wildlife workers have rescued a group of calves at risk of being washed away by flood waters that have swamped a national park in northeastern India.

Monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding in state and forced about 1.2 million people to leave their waterlogged homes.

The rains have also flooded vast tracts of the , home to the world’s largest population of the one-horned rhinoceros.

A baby rhino rescued by wildlife crew was taken to a conservation centre in Assam. Photograph: Anuwar Hazarika/Barcroft Images

Six baby rhinos have been rescued since the floods began last week, said Rathin Barman, an official at a wildlife research and conservation centre in Kaziranga. All of the rescued rhinos will stay at the centre and will be released in the wild once the flood waters recede.

Forest officials remove a baby rhino from Kaziranga national park. Photograph: Anuwar Hazarika/Barcroft Images

At least one rhino drowned in the floods. Forest guards found its remains this week in the park, which is located alongside the Brahmaputra river. The river was overflowing the danger mark at several places and had breached its banks at others.

Kaziranga national park is home to a large number of wild animals including tigers and elephants.

This article was first published by The Guardian on 28 Jul 2016.


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Susan Frudd

So good to know the IFAW are there to help all these poor animals. They do a marvellous job…Thank you….

Kathleen Colley

Great to see IFAW working in India to save these drastically endangered rhinos. They do a great job all around the planet.

Grace Neff

Will these Baby Rhinos be able to survive if you release them into the wild at such a young age?

Susan Lee

I wonder if there might be any follow-up to this article from July 28th? Interested to know, thanks.

Marilyn Ashman

Awww!! Poor Babies 🙁 Rest In Sweet Peace Baby <3 <3 <3
Thank You to those Rescuers that Help Animals <3