Chitwan, September 28
A female rhinoceros has been found dead on the bank of the Rewakhola stream in the Madi area of the Chitwan National Park.
The animal appears to be around 10 years old and was spotted on Monday at a place one and a half kilometres away to the southeast of the national park’s Dhowa post, Chief Conservation Officer Ananath Baral says.
He says an iron rod was found stuck in the rhino’s body.
“We presume that the locals killed the animal with the rod when it was eating the rice in their rice field. We have initiated an investigation in this connection,” Baral says.
According to him, the rhino died due to the internal wound it suffered from the piercing of the rod. The rhino might have been attacked on Sunday.
“It was alive at the time of trapping. We found it dead in the bush in the noon,” he says. The horn and hooves of the rhino are intact.
There are 694 rhinos in Chitwan National Park as per the national rhino census conducted in 2021.