Rhino finds bleeding in Assam after a suspected poacher cuts off a horn

Rhino finds bleeding in Assam after a suspected poacher cuts off a horn

A male rhino roaming Orang National Park in Assam was found to have a nosebleed after its horn was cut, officials said today.

The Department of Forestry and Wildlife suspects that this is a case of poaching in which poachers calmed animals before removing their horns.

According to people familiar with the matter, the injured rhino has been treated by a veterinarian and has no maggots on the wound.

“The rhino’s condition is now stable and allowed to remain wild under the supervision of a doctor,” officials said.

This is the second case of rhino poaching in Assam this year and the first case of this kind in Orang National Park since 2017.

“I used to think it was a battle incident, but close scrutiny suggests it was a poaching incident and the horns were axed,” said Pradipta Balua, director of forestry at Mangardoi. The rhino has been sedated. “