Assam flood update, India:
– People died: 80+
– People affected: 4.8 million
– Villages affected: 4,766
– Relief camps: 487
– Animals rescued: 170
– Animals died: at least 66 pic.twitter.com/6jFP3ZvM9M
— Norbert Elekes (@NorbertElekes) July 16, 2020
Even animals have been forced out of their natural habitat due to the floods.
Speaking of which, a video of an exhausted rhino sleeping or rather resting on National Highway-37 in Assam’s flood-hit Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve has gone viral.
The video was posted on Twitter by the national park itself.
In the video, forest officials were seen guarding the troubled rhinoceros who apparently ventured out the jungle to take refuge in the safer, higher ground of the Karbi Anglong Hills.
Even passers by didn’t disturb the animal. They quietly drove passed it. Police officials made sure people drove their vehicles as slowly as possible.
The rhino is estimated to be 30-35 years old. Right now, the forest department is attempting to guide it back into a safer area.
Twitter lauded the forest officials and the passersby for not interfering or disturbing the exhausted rhino and allowing it to take some much needed rest.
This is heart wrenching.. their houses are taken away and the Kaziranga team are doing their best m sure to save them❤️❤️ more power n blessings to this innocent animals https://t.co/kvgz1fAg7B
— Jyotic (@jyotic89) July 18, 2020
we need to be extra Cautious to safeguard our Wilds from Poachers. Definitely our Cops & Kaziranga staffs are doing Fabulous job day on day. Kudos for that. Prayers for everyone’s Safety🙏🙏
— Pawan Sharma (@PawanSharmazz) July 18, 2020
Man it’s a tough job out there! Wish you guys all the power & strength.
— Thirsty (@Krishankj) July 18, 2020
— Mandeep Kiran Chakrabarty🇮🇳 (@meluji_mandeep) July 19, 2020
Rhino can not charge because it is weak and exhausted after walking, running, swimming in search of safer area in Assam floods. Those guys, who are doing their job, know about rhinos better than you or me.
— Ron Tyler (@RonTyle60900859) July 18, 2020
Rhino seems very tired, taking rest..
Plz Take care of the animals & make aware with others too… And yes please must Drive slow. Hope that all forest officials doing their best..
Hope for the best soon..🙏
— Gayathri 🇮🇳 (@Kannaninradhai) July 18, 2020
According to reports, nearly 80% of Kaziranga National Park has been submerged in water due to the floods.
This heartwarming gesture by the forest officials is winning the internet’s heart. And, we salute them for their efforts.