100s of titles, one news app for just $10 a month.
Dive Deeper:
Hundreds of smuggled animals seized at Suvarnabhumi airport
More than 600 wild animals smuggled into Thailand on a flight from Egypt have been seized at Suvarnabhumi airport.
Mysuru varsity, Forest Dept. join hands to save vultures
Vulture Gene Bank to come up in Mysuru for conservation of the critically-endangered species
ICMR urged to upgrade virology institute in State capital
Steps to strengthen surveillance, resistance against Nipah
Kolkata: Customs seizes monkeys of foreign origin worth over Rs 1 crore from north Bengal
KOLKATA: Acting on a tip-off, the officers of the Jalpaiguri preventive unit of the commissioner of customs in West Bengal…
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Man tied to cocaine diver case denied bail
An alleged drug importer linked to the discovery of a dead diver and a 54kg cocaine haul at Newcastle port…
Cruel shark fin soup found on menus in UK restaurants after Tories U-turn on ban
A Sunday Mirror probe found the dish on menus in London, Manchester and Liverpool, days after the Government pulled plans…
Get all your news in one place
Latest National news:
Tis the season to be foraging for feijoas
On the hunt for Canberra's largest feijoa; and a delicious feijoa cake.
Read news from The Economist, FT, Bloomberg and more, with one subscription
Learn More
GOOD: 2.6 Million Aussie Workers Will Be Entitled To Paid Domestic & Family Violence Leave
The Fair Work Commission backed 10 days of paid domestic and family violence leave for employees under modern awards.
We Need To Talk About Australia’s Role In Radicalising The Buffalo Shooter Into White Supremacy
The Buffalo shooter was inspired by Christchurch and Australian white supremacy to carry out his racist attack on Black Americans.
Australian election briefing: Morrison’s housing sales pitch knocked off course as Albanese dodges a digger — plus ‘polite incentives’
Monday: the best of Guardian Australia’s 2022 federal election coverage
Will Australia’s opinion polls be more accurate in 2022 than at the last election?
Polling companies have introduced new techniques since they failed to predict Scott Morrison’s 2019 election win. Now they anxiously wait…
From analysis to good news, read the world’s best news in one place
Knight coach gives nod to winger's move
"To go back and be reacquainted with his sisters and get to finish his career back there. It is hard…
Ex-Raider threw nightclub punch in self-defence after 'gay experience' remark
The 24-year-old was on Monday acquitted of the assault charge that ended his Raiders career.

Rhino alive, horn gone: Poaching takes new form in Assam

By The Hindu Bureau

GUWAHATI

A rhino found moving around the Orang National Park with its horn sawed-off posed a new challenge for wildlife officials and experts in Assam. 

Two days ago, the forest guards found the sub-adult rhino bleeding from the spot where the horn was removed.  

Officials of the 78.81 sq. km park said the rhino, a Schedule 1 animal under the Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972, was made unconscious before the miscreants removed the horn. 

There have been cases of poachers – mostly in the Kaziranga National Park – taking away the horns of rhinos while they were still alive and killing them. But this is the first such case of poachers “achieving their target” without firing at the animal. 

Award-winning veterinarian Kushal Konwar Sarma said the rhino could not have been immobilised with tranquilliser darts sourced from only one manufacturer in South Africa specialising in drugs for the large herbivore. 

“It is not easy to buy the tranquiliser as it has to come via several central ministries and government agencies, making it virtually impossible for people not in the government to buy or procure it,” he told  The Hindu

“The Assam State Zoo in Guwahati is the only custodian of the rhino-specific tranquiliser drug, which is kept in a locker and cannot be used without updating the Central government on how each drug is used,” he said. 

Besides, it is extremely difficult to tranquilise a rhino even from an elephant’s back as it is aggressive, Mr. Sarma said. 

Other wildlife experts said the rhino could have been made unconscious or immobilised with electric shock or spiked the foliage in its feeding zone with certain substances. 

“We are conducting an inquiry to get to find out how this happened and accordingly be prepared,” a Forest Department official said.

What is inkl?
The world’s most important news, from 100+ trusted global sources, in one place.
Morning Edition
Your daily
news overview

Morning Edition ensures you start your day well informed.

No paywalls, no clickbait, no ads
Enjoy beautiful reading

Content is only half the story. The world's best news experience is free from distraction: ad-free, clickbait-free, and beautifully designed.

Expert Curation
The news you need to know

Stories are ranked by proprietary algorithms based on importance and curated by real news journalists to ensure that you receive the most important stories as they break.

Dive Deeper:
Hundreds of smuggled animals seized at Suvarnabhumi airport
More than 600 wild animals smuggled into Thailand on a flight from Egypt have been seized at Suvarnabhumi airport.
Mysuru varsity, Forest Dept. join hands to save vultures
Vulture Gene Bank to come up in Mysuru for conservation of the critically-endangered species
ICMR urged to upgrade virology institute in State capital
Steps to strengthen surveillance, resistance against Nipah
Kolkata: Customs seizes monkeys of foreign origin worth over Rs 1 crore from north Bengal
KOLKATA: Acting on a tip-off, the officers of the Jalpaiguri preventive unit of the commissioner of customs in West Bengal…
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Man tied to cocaine diver case denied bail
An alleged drug importer linked to the discovery of a dead diver and a 54kg cocaine haul at Newcastle port…
Cruel shark fin soup found on menus in UK restaurants after Tories U-turn on ban
A Sunday Mirror probe found the dish on menus in London, Manchester and Liverpool, days after the Government pulled plans…
Get all your news in one place