Poachers kill rare one-horned rhino in Nepal

2017-04-09 19:02
A rhino in the Chitwan National Park south of Kathmandu. (Prakash Mathema, AFP)

A rhino in the Chitwan National Park south of Kathmandu. (Prakash Mathema, AFP)

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Kathmandu - Authorities are searching for poachers who killed a rare one-horned rhinoceros in the forests of southern Nepal and cut off the horn, officials said on Sunday.

Forest officer Nurendra Aryal said it was the first killing of a rhino in the Chitwan National Forest in nearly three years. Soldiers and forest rangers were scouring the forests and nearby areas for the people who shot the rhino.

Aryal said it was a stormy night on Saturday when the rhino was killed, so forest officers did not hear a gunshot or spot the poachers enter the area.

The forest is located about 160km south of Nepal's capital and bordering India and it's protected by the government and guarded by armed soldiers.

Nepal has been working to increase the number of one-horned rhinos in Chitwan National Forest, where the population has reached 605.

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