An adult male rhino carcass with its horn intact was recovered from the flooded Kaziranga National Park in Assam on Monday, two days after another rhino was found dead.
The carcass of the rhino, drowned in the Diphloo river due, was recovered near Siga camp under Agoratoli camp in KNP, sources said.
The KNP Forest Authority removed the horn and deposited it with the park’s divisional forest officer, they said.
On July 23, another adult male rhino with its horn intact was recovered from the nearby Japoripathar village, floating in the river near Mikirjan forest camp of the park’s Kohora range.
Meanwhile, five hog deer were killed by speeding vehicles at Panbari in the KNP area when they were crossing NH-37, towards the highland of the Karbi Anglong district, officials said.
There are 16 animal corridors on the NH-37 through which various types of animals from the park cross over to Karbi Anglong hills during floods, they said.
The flooding of the Brahmaputra river on Sunday brought 85% of the park’s area under water, submerging 117 of the 120 forest camps and snapping road connectivity, and leaving the country boats the only mode of transport for the KNP guards and others.
Patrolling by security forces on elephants in the world heritage site has been intensified for the purpose of checking poaching, sources said.