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PHOTOS: Wildlife at Kaziranga struggles to stay afloat

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July 21, 2020 08:59 IST
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More than 100 wild animals, including at least nine rare rhinos, have died in this year's floods at Assam's Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve.

The deluge has so far taken away the lives of 108 animals of different species, while 134 others were rescued in Kaziranga National Park, a bulletin issued by park authorities on Sunday said quoting the DFO of the Eastern Assam Wildlife Division.

The national park is home to the world's largest population of one-horned rhinos and recent monsoon rains have left almost 85 per cent of it under water.

Dozens of other animals have also died due to drowning, or have been hit by vehicles when trying to escape the floods.

Annual floods are common in Kaziranga.

The park has around 2,400 rhinos and 121 tigers. 

 

One-horned rhinos take shelter at highland inside the flood-affected area of Kaziranga National Park. Photograph: PTI Photo

A tiger wades through a flooded area in search of higher land at Baghmari village in Nagaon district. Photograph: ANI Photo

A herd of wild elephants takes shelter on a higher place at the flooded park. Photograph: ANI Photo

 Deer wade through floodwaters in a submerged area of the Kaziranga National Park. Photograph: ANI Photo

A one-horned rhinoceros along with her baby stands in floodwater. Photograph: PTI Photo

A man holds a turtle which was found in the floodwater. Photograph: PTI Photo

A herd of wild elephants takes shelter on highland inside the flooded Burapahar range of Kaziranga National Park. Photograph: PTI Photo

Forest officials stand guard on NH-37 after a tiger escaped flooding in the park, at Baghmari village in Nagaon district. Photograph: PTI Photo

A rhino rests near NH 37 after straying out from flood-affected Kaziranga National Park. Photograph: PTI Photo

An official tries to feed a rhino who is resting near NH 37 after straying out from flood-affected Kaziranga National Park, in Nagaon distric. Photograph: PTI Photo

A group of wild elephants cross the road to move towards the higher land, following the flooding in the low-lying areas of Kaziranga National Park. Photograph: ANI Photo
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