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India floods force rhinos, wildlife to seek dry land

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 01:08

India's Kaziranga National Park, home to two-thirds of the world's one-horned rhinos, is at least 80% submerged under deadly flood waters, forcing the rhinos and other wildlife to leave the sanctuary in search of higher ground. Mana Rabiee reports.

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At the Kaziranga (KA-zi-RAN-ga) National Park in northern India, one-horned rhinos are seeking sanctuary. From deadly floods that are impacting not only some 1.6 million people, but wildlife as well. The floods in northeastern Assam state have left the park almost completely submerged, forcing the animals to higher ground, including roads, where moving cars are another potentially deadly hazard. Officials say this 3-month-old rhino took shelter in a village backyard. Animals from the state's other four national parks have also left their habitats, leaving them at risk of drowning or being hit by vehicles. Officials say at least 20 deer have been killed and some buffalo as well. Kaziranga National Park is home to two-thirds of the world's one-horned rhinos. None have been reported killed in the floods but forecasters expect two more days of rain --- with forest officials facing the task of corralling all the runaway wildlife bank onto their sanctuary after the floods recede.

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India floods force rhinos, wildlife to seek dry land

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 01:08