This is the moment rescuers battle to save a baby rhino from a flooded park after its mother 500 feet to her death as they tried to escape to the hills after rains reportedly left 85 percent of the area underwater.
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The incident was filmed at the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) in the districts of Golagha and Nagaon located in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam and shared on social media.
In the footage, forest department workers on boats are seen trying to calm the poor calf as it flounders in the deep water.
According to local media, heavy rains and rising water levels in the national park led to a female rhino trying to lead her four-year-old calf to high ground in the Karbi Hills.
However, the mother rhino reportedly lost her footing and fell 500 feet to her death leaving the vulnerable calf alone.
Veterinarian Dr. Samshul Ali told local media: “The incident happened in an area called Hatikhuli. The rhino got stuck between two big rocks.
“When we reached [the spot], it was stressed out and panting heavily. Soon, it died. It was heartbreaking to see the calf just 500 metres (1,640 feet) away from the mother’s carcass.”
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According to local media, 85 percent of the national park is currently underwater and forest workers are mostly using boats to cover the area.
The forest department planned for the situation in advance and spokesperson P. Sivakumar said: “We started preparing for the flood right after Bihu (non-religious state festival).
“We held meetings with the police, civil administration, NGOs and local villagers on counter-strategies.”
The calf is alive and well and currently being treated at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation And Conservation, according to reports.
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