Rhino Causing Panic, Tranquilised at Assam’s Lakhimpur District

A male rhino that was creating panic in the Dhakuakhana area of Lakhimpur district in Assam was tranquilised by a team of the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and a forest team on Sunday.

The rhino on November 5 had attacked and killed one Sunil Doley, a 45-year-old farmer, while he along with his wife was harvesting crops at Abhayapur Majgaon village.


While Doley died on the spot his wife barely escaped death by fleeing. After the incident, the forest department had launched an operation in search of the rhinoceros.

A drone camera was also used to track the rhino. Finally, the rhinoceros was successfully tranquilised on Sunday.

“The male rhino of about 8-10 years old was stranded and roaming around in Dhakuakhana for last four days or so and had killed one person. The rhino had some injuries in the neck and shoulder area and was slightly limping in the right forelegs. It was successfully tranquilized and caged by Assam State Zoo vet Dr. Bijoy Gogoi with his team and Dr. Khanin Changmai from Wildlife Trust of India. MVS-EA team,

Dibrusaikhowa NP under the guidance of DFO Ashok Deb Choudhury, Lakhimpur, and DFO Assam State Zoo, Guwahati. Forest staff, local persons, and people helped a lot during the operation,” said veterinary surgeon Dr. Khanin Changmai who led the WTI team

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