Two rare Indian rhinos die after poaching attack
GUWAHATI, India (AFP) - Two rare rhinos brutally attacked by poachers this week in northeast India have died, veterinarians said on Saturday, triggering protests at local authorities' failure to protect the animals.
The one-horned rhinos were found bleeding from gunshot injuries and huge wounds on their snouts after poachers cut off their horns, nose and ears in the flooded Kaziranga national park in Assam state.
"Both the rhinos died late Friday," Dr Bhaskar Dutta, one of the veterinarians involved in the effort to help the animals, told AFP from Assam's largest city Guwahati.
The two rhinos, listed as a "vulnerable" species, had been mutilated as they fled rising floodwaters in the park.