Rhino of Orang National Park
One of the strayed out rhinos. Image credit - Northeast

Two one-horned rhinos, which strayed out of the Orang National Park, have created panic among the residents in the Dalgaon area of Darrang district on Saturday.

After straying out of the Orang National Park, the one-horned rhinos entered the nearby residential char villages in the Dalgaon area.

The two one-horned rhinos have been moving around villages like Konakata Para and Gadhaijhar under Dalgaon police station thereby creating panic among the residents.

Crowds have gathered in the area and they are seen making hue and cry to have a glimpse of the world-famous animal.

The huge and cry created by the crowds have made the animals panicky resulting in turning them violent.

One Sangsher Ali, a resident of Gadhaijhar village, was injured in the attack of one of the rhinos, locals said.

However, the forest department and the Orang National Park authority are yet to confirm the attack.

Meanwhile, forest personnel and police have rushed to the spot and efforts are on to drive the straying rhinos back to the national park safely.

Orang is located on the northern bank of the river Brahmaputra.

Human settlements were abandoned in the area due to high rates of disease, and wildlife, including water buffalo, elephants and tigers in addition to rhinos, have flourished.

Greater one-horned rhinos are thriving in the Orang National Park and this has been possible due to the protection and habitat management efforts that have been implemented by a diverse group of partners, said the International Rhino Foundation (IRF).

Mayukh Goswami

Mayukh Goswami is Northeast Now Correspondent in Mangaldai. He can be reached at: mayukh.mld@gmail.com