Rhino calf rescued from Indian floods

Mobile Veterinary service staff carry the rhino calf up a hill after bringing it from the island to the river’s shore.The International Fund for Animal Welfare and Wildlife Trust of India (IFAW-WTI) admitted a male rhinoceros calf displaced by the monsoon floods in Kaziranga National Park to the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC). The calf was rescued by forest department staff and brought to the Centre by the IFAW-WTI Mobile Veterinary Service (MVS) team yesterday afternoon.

Frontline forest staff informed the Forest Range Office of Burhapahar that a rhino calf had been found on Hatibalu Island in the Brahmaputra River. Their team immediately moved to the site by boat, rescued the calf and brought him to a location near National Highway 37.

The MVS unit led by Dr. Bhaskar Choudhury, WTI’s head veterinarian of the northeast region, veterinarians Dr. Samshul Ali and Dr. Daoharu Baro and a team of CWRC animal keepers proceeded to the Burhapahar Forest Range. The MVS veterinarians examined the calf on the boat when he was brought in.

“The calf’s health had deteriorated due to starvation, and he had a lung infection as well,” Dr. Choudhury said. “He clearly required intensive treatment and in consultation with the forest department, we decided he should be transported to CWRC under sedation.”

The rhino calf recuperating in a pen at CWRC

 

Veterinarians treat the rhino calf for his lung infection and apply topical ointment to his sores.

The calf is currently undergoing treatment at the centre’s Large Animal Nursery. He will remain under close observation with an animal keeper by his side at all times until he is stabilised.

Last week, the CWRC admitted two male elephant calves as well. The one-year-old and three-month-old had both been separated from their natal herds due to the rising floodwaters near Nameri National Park and Charduar Forest Range.

Kaziranga park officials have stated that floodwaters have begun to recede, but it is estimated that 58 animals have been killed in the Assam flood and more than 100 have been rescued.

--RGC

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