This is the moment a herd of deer are filmed swimming as they look for dry land after the national park they live in became completely flooded.
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The incident took place at the Kaziranga National Park in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam and the state government have now reportedly confirmed the entire park is underwater.
In the video, a group of four deer can be seen swimming through the floodwaters seemingly looking for dry land with only their heads above water.
The animals cannot appear to find a spot to rest from swimming and the clip was shared by Indian Forest Service official Parveen Kaswan, who described the flood as a “disaster”.
Local media report 1,000 soldiers have been deployed in the state to rescue residents from the rising floodwaters as heavy rainfall continues.
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Kaziranga National Park is located on the Brahmaputra river’s floodplain and is home to the largest population in the world of Indian rhinoceroses (Rhinoceros unicornis) which are listed as ‘Vulnerable’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List.
Netizens were upset at the clip, with one user saying the deer were “paying” for humans’ “greed” and the “destruction” of ecosystems.
And ‘banerjk’ added: “It’s so sad to see such footage. God knows how will all these innocent animals survive in such crisis situation. Hope rainfall stops and ground situation improved.”
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