21 rhi­nos die in ac­ci­dents in six months

People's Review - - FRONT PAGE - By Our Re­porter

It comes as a shock­ing fact that 21 rhi­nos, one of en­dan­gered an­i­mal species, died in the first five and half months of the cur­rent fis­cal year in the Chit­wan Na­tional Park (CNP).

Such a large num­ber of the one-horn rhi­nos per­ished in the CNP this year although no case of rhino poach­ing was re­ported in the CNP in the past two years.

How­ever, the 21 an­i­mals were not killed by poach­ers. They died in ac­ci­dents, and ow­ing to old age.

Among the dead pachy­derms, nine are be­low 25 years of age. As

stated by CNP, 20 rhi­nos were un­der the pro­tec­tion of the CNP while one was un­der the care of the District For­est Of­fice, Chit­wan. Five lost their lives to fight­ing (male-male), one died from fall­ing from a mound of earth, one dur­ing labour pain. Sim­i­larly, two died af­ter be­ing caught in quick­sand, and 11 due to age­ing. The av­er­age age of a rhino is 60 years, CNP chief con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cer Bed Ku­mar Dhakal said, ad­ding that more deaths from nat­u­ral and ex­ter­nal causes (fight­ing and ac­ci­dents) is likely when the pop­u­la­tion rises. How­ever, we are try­ing to find the pre­ven­tive mea­sures against such deaths. Last year, the deaths from these rea­sons were 25 and the flood­ing was one of the rea­sons be­hind such tragedies. The CNP records show that eight rhi­nos had faced such deaths in 2014 and it was fol­lowed by 15, 14 and 24 in the fol­low­ing years. The lat­est rhino cen­sus puts its num­ber at 605 and the fresh cen­sus is tak­ing place this fis­cal year.

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