WATCH: Rescued rhinos set free in Northeast India

Two hand raised rhinos, Sohola and Baghmari, were released back to the wild in Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The two male rhinos spent three to four years undergoing rehabilitation at IFAW’s Wildlife Rescue Center in Northeast India.

Sohola was just four months old when he was found injured and dehydrated and lying alone near the bank of a river in 2010.

Two years later, a two-month baby rhino later named Baghmari was rescued after being accidentally swept away and separated from his mother during intense floods in the park.

Now big and strong enough to survive on their own, Sohola and Baghmari made conservation history in Kaziranga National Park becoming the first two rehabilitated rhinos to be released there.

Dr. Bhaskar Choudhury, IFAW-WTI’s head veterinarian in the Northeast said,

“This release will bring a good feeling amount all the disappointing news of rhino deaths in the Park in recent years. It will be interesting also to see a rehabilitated rhino adapt to the release habitat with more than 2500 other rhinos and 100 odd tigers in it.”

 

So far, eight other rescued and hand raised rhinos by were successfully released by IFAW-WTI at Manas National Park in Assam.

--SB

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