Rare one-horned rhinos poached in India

2012-09-29 20:36

Guwahati - Two rare rhinos brutally attacked by poachers this week in northeast India have died, veterinarians said on Saturday, triggering protests at local authorities' failure to protect the animals.

The one-horned rhinos were found bleeding from gunshot injuries and huge wounds on their snouts after poachers cut off their horns, nose and ears in the flooded Kaziranga national park in Assam state.

"Both the rhinos died late Friday," Bhaskar Dutta, one of the veterinarians involved in the effort to help the animals, told AFP from Assam's largest city Guwahati.

The two rhinos, listed as a "vulnerable" species, had been mutilated as they fled rising floodwaters in the park.

Animal rights groups and residents near the state-protected park staged protests denouncing the government for failing to combat poaching. They blocked highways and burnt effigies of the state forest minister.

"It's a tragedy that even after 72 hours, vets failed to reach the injured rhino while local TV channels were beaming live images of the helpless animals," said Sanjiv Das, a community leader in Kaziranga.

"We want an explanation from the state government about why they could not treat the two rhinos and save them."

The 430-square-kilometre park in eastern Assam is home to the largest concentration of the world's remaining one-horned rhinos.

Kaziranga has fought a sustained battle against rhino poachers who kill the animals for their horns, which fetch huge prices in some Asian countries where they are prized for their supposed aphrodisiac and medicinal qualities.

  • Xavier7034 - 2012-09-29 21:17

    Poor world, is doomed to die We kill the world kill the world We surely do In peace we do! We kill the world kill the world 'cause we don't know what we are doing! We kill it One by one

      john32 - 2012-09-29 21:28

      yeah... man will eventually fall from his own destruction and greed

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-09-29 22:55

    The human race can be a disgusting species.

      azaa.azoot - 2012-09-30 12:52

      No Nicholas , they ARE the most disgusting cruel species . The only consellation is that they are working very hard at their own destruction . I think the universe will breath a sight of relieve once the human species is finally extinct

  • delish7564 - 2012-09-29 23:02

    Barbaric! No other word for it.....would like to do the same thing to the scumbags who did this and see how they feel :(

  • Tshepo Gwamanda - 2012-09-30 06:35

    I have no words to describe such barbaric acts!! All because of superstitions from little people in China who thinks that rhino horn will give them a bigger d1cks!!! I'm sorry but we doomed!! We failing to protect our rhinos!!!

  • david.maree.92 - 2012-09-30 21:36

    They must just put poison in the horn, wont affect the animal but it should make the person that drinks it suffer some kind of sickness. Maybe that they loose a arm or leg or something.

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