Guwahati: A full-grown one-horned rhinoceros created panic among villagers in Borbil Mising gaon on Sunday morning after it strayed out of the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve at Kohora range.
Locals said that the rhino had wandered through the paddy fields near the Borbil Mising gaon and destroyed several croplands.
Villagers spotted the rhino at the paddy field and tried to chase it away. They also informed the forest department.
Later, forest department personnel managed to chase it back to the national park with the help of elephants.
Speaking to the media, Bibhuti Ranjan Gogoi, Range Officer, Kohora Range said, “The Borbil Mising gaon falls in the second edition of Kohora range under the Kaziranga National Park. Movements of animals are quite regular here. We were told about the movements of five wandered rhinos in the area in the morning hours, however, during the inspection we spotted only one rhino and it was chased back to the range with the help of elephants.”
Notably, Assam has the largest number of Indian one-horn rhinos in the world.
The 2020 Rhino Population Estimation Report stated that the total number of rhinos in Kaziranga National Park is estimated to be around 2,640.