Manas rhino

Golaghat: Three rhino calves, including two females, rescued during the 2019 Assam floods will soon be released into the wild.

The rhinos, rescued near the Kaziranga National Park, will be kept at a livestock enclosure for a stipulated period of habituation before their final release into the Manas Tiger Reserve in Barpeta district, a Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) statement said.

They underwent two-year-long rehabilitation at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation, Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve Director P Sivakumar said.

“This is the right time to release the calves into the wild as they will soon be developing horns,” he was quoted as saying.

The calves will undergo a medical check-up and will be marked before they are released, he said.

“We have augmented Manas with 19 rhinos since 2006, out of a total population of 44 in the tiger reserve,” he added.

Also read: Assam: Forest guard killed in rhino attack in Manas

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