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    95 % of Kaziranga Under Water: Tigers Straying Out to Human Habitat

    On Tuesday, two Royal Bengal tigers strayed out from the park area to Baghmari village area

    Guwahati: With floodwaters gushing into the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve areas, the Royal Bengal Tigers in the park have been fleeing to human habitats and other highlands for survival.

    In less than 24 hours from Monday when a sub-adult Royal Bengal Tiger has entered inside a goat shed of a villager in Kandolimari village under Agoratoli forest range of the park, two more tigers were sighted on Tuesday trying to escape the floodwaters.

    The KNP Director P Sivakumar, said, “Two tigers strayed out from the park area to Baghmari village area. One is driven towards Karbi Anglong and reached safely. Another one is taking rest near the NH 37.”

    Sources said the tiger was taking shelter in the backyard of a villager since morning hours.

    “The animals are in distress and tired. In today’s case also, we expect the tiger will move to a safe location after it finishes taking rest. The park authority is monitoring its moves,” forest officials added.

    Park officials informed that the tiger that took shelter in a goat shed on Monday left the place during night hours without hurting anyone.

    Every year during the flood, animals are seen fleeing to the higher lands and hills of Karbi Anglong district or the NH side.

    However, sighting of tigers were uncommon until last year when a full-grown Royal Bengal tiger was found lying on a bed at a house near NH-37 that passes through the park area.

    A rhino cub was rescued by forest department on Tuesday (pic: KNP)

    On Tuesday morning, a one-year-old rhino was rescued near Sukani camp, Agartoli range. An adult male Bengal Florican was also rescued by staff from the river near Bogoriati camp, Biswanath Wildlife Division of the park.

    So far 102 animals have been rescued while 51 were killed in the flood-related incidents in Kaziranga. Over 95 percent of the park area continued to remain inundated till Tuesday morning.

    Flood has been causing great distress for the wildlife in both Kaziranga and Manas National Park in the last two days.

    With heavy rain in the region, the swelling waters of Brahmaputra and its tributaries have gushed into the forest areas of the parks forcing the animals to flee in highlands for survival.

    A full-grown swamp deer was also found dead in Baksa district on Tuesday morning. Locals believed it came out of Manas National Park and drowned in floodwater.

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