Guwahati: Less than a week after the state chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma shared that poaching of rhinos has been lowest in 2021 with just 1 case reported last year, a rhino carcass was found in Kaziranga National Park, missing a horn.

The carcass of an adult female Rhino was found by a staff member in Kaziranga National Park’s Hilekhonda camp at 8.45 am on Thursday. The death has been confirmed to be a case of poaching as the horn was found to be missing on the body of the Rhinoceros.

Although the body of the rhino was found on Thursday, Kaziranga National Park officials informed that the body may have been at least 15 days old.

“The carcass was found today by staff of Hilekhonda camp at 8.45 am. The place of occurrence was inside tall elephant grass about 1 km away from the camp. It is a poaching case and horn removed by poacher. The rhino was an adult female. The time of death appears to be more than 15 days old” said KNP Director P Sivakumar.

Earlier on January 19, a senior Assam Police official and Director V&AC & Chief Anti-Rhino Poaching Task Force, Gyanendra Pratap Singh had also informed that only one Rhino poaching case was reported from the state of Assam in 2019.

Also read: Only one rhino poached in Assam during 2021

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