A female adult rhino was found dead with its horn intact in the flooded Kaziranga National Park in Assam, officials said.
The carcass was recovered from near Amkatoni camp under Bagori Range of the World Heritage Site. So far, 13 rhinos have died due to drowning in the current wave of floods which have so far also claimed lives of 15 hog deer, two wild boars and two snakes, park officials said.
Meanwhile, nine rhino calves separated from their mothers due to the floods have been rescued and being looked after at the Centre of Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation at Panbari near KNP, said CWRC Director Rathin Barman.
In view of hog deer being killed by speeding vehicles when they cross NH-37 towards the highlands of Karbi Anglong district, KNP authority has been issuing time cards to control movement of traffic by the side of the park. There are 16 animal corridors on the NH-37 through which various types of animals from the park cross over to Karbi Anglong hill during floods, officials said.
The rising water level of the mighty Brahmaputra River has brought 85 per cent of KNP area under flood, submerging 117 of the 120 forest camps there and snapping road connectivity. Country boats are the only means of communication for the KNP guards and others, the officials said.
Patrolling by security forces on elephant back in the rhino habitat has been intensified with 14 elephants pressed into service for checking poaching, they added. Meanwhile, the All Assam Students Union (AASU) has demanded the union forest and environment ministry take needful steps to protect the forest wealth - both flora and fauna - in the "unprecedented situation".