WATCH: Wild buffaloes released in India

They were found hungry and alone without their mothers back in 2012

Gerakati and Agora, two wild Asiatic water buffaloes, were rescued when they were just a month old. 

The buffaloes were quickly taken to the IFAW Wildlife Rescue Center in Kaziranga, India to be hand-raised until they were healthy and big enough to be released back to the wild.

They spent time bottle-feeding next to baby rhinos and depended on human caretakers to survive until now.

Last week, the buffaloes were carefully sedated, tagged and microchipped by veterinarians and loaded onto a transport truck bound for Burhachapori sanctuary located 120km away.

As soon as they arrived, the buffaloes were released into a temporary enclosure called a ‘boma’ where they will spend their first few weeks acclimatizing to their new landscape.

Around the month of June they will be fully wild again and free to roam the extent of the Burhachapori sanctuary.

IFAW-WTI biologists along with Assam Forest Department staff will continue to monitor the released animals to learn more about how well they adapt to their independent life.


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