21 rhinos die in accidents in six months
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.