Poachers target rhinos in flood-hit NE India
GUWAHATI (AFP) - Suspected poachers on Wednesday killed a one-horned rhino in a flood-hit wildlife park, taking to 14 the number of the beasts slaughtered this year in the remote Indian region, officials said.
A wildlife official said poachers also shot and wounded a second one-horned rhino in Assam's Kaziranga National Park, 220km from Guwahati, the northeastern state's largest city.
"It is sad that poachers hacked off the horn and a portion of the right ear of the rhino that is still alive and battling for life," park warden Dibyadhar Gogoi told journalists.
The carcass of a second rhino was found floating in the floodwaters with its horn sheared off, others said.