Rhino gores man to death by river in Nepal

An Indian Rhinoceros takes its calf to water in the Maghauli Chitwan forest, some 200km south-west of Kathmandu on Nov 30, 2011. A rhinoceros gored a man to death as he fished in a river in southern Nepal in what experts said on Monday, July 22, 2013
An Indian Rhinoceros takes its calf to water in the Maghauli Chitwan forest, some 200km south-west of Kathmandu on Nov 30, 2011. A rhinoceros gored a man to death as he fished in a river in southern Nepal in what experts said on Monday, July 22, 2013, was a rare event. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

KATHMANDU, Madhyamanchal (AFP) - A rhinoceros gored a man to death as he fished in a river in southern Nepal in what experts said on Monday was a rare event.

The 38-year-old was killed on Saturday by the animal in Chitwan National Park, Nepal's biggest conservation area, located in the southern plains, police said.

Although attacks on humans are common as deforestation forces wildlife to stray into villages, rhinos rarely kill people, an expert said.

"Rhinos are not aggressive animals so it's rare for them to kill humans," the park's chief warden Kamal Jung Kunwar told AFP.

Chief warden Kunwar said the rhino appeared to have killed the man because he had strayed into the animal's habitat in the park in the Himalayan nation.

Early this month, an elephant trampled a 40-year-old woman to death as she collected fodder for cattle in a remote area of southeastern Nepal.