At least 24 endangered animals have perished in the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve (KNP & TR) due to flood.

The 24 dead animals comprise 17 hog deer, two rhinos, one wild buffalo, two swamp deer, a python and a cap langur, said a KNP official.

The forest personnel have so far rescued four animals, including a 10-day old male rhino calf from the outer fringe of the central range near Mihimukh highland.

“The mother of the calf could not be traced. The calf which is weak and debilitated has been sent to the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC),” a KNP & TR official said.

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Like previous years, over 70 per cent area of the world heritage site has were affected by the flood.

“With the overall improvement of the flood, on Monday, 30 per cent of the KNP & TR are still under the flood water,” the official said.

Authorities are keeping a close tab on the movement of animals that cross over the National Highway running through the park and face the risk of being run over.

Kaziranga is home to more than 2,400 one-horned Indian rhinos.

To prevent death and injury to the animals, the speed limit is strictly enforced by forest and district administration officials and a penalty is imposed for any violation.

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