GUWAHATI, Oct 14 – The female rhino rescued from a sandbar near Palasbari, and temporarily lodged at Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden, will need at least three weeks before it can re-enter the wild, official sources told The Assam Tribune.
The rhino that was under considerable stress, and had lacerations is under treatment at the State Zoo where it arrived on the night of October 7 after an arduous rescue operation carried out by the personnel of Forest Department and a few conservation groups.
Dr ML Smith, the veterinarian taking care of the animal said, “the rhino’s condition is improving gradually, but one deep wound still exists. We are applying medicines with the aid of a long pole.”
In a positive development, the appetite of the rhino is also returning, and at present is having a diet weighing around a quintal every day. Its food comprises grass, cabbage, carrots, and other supplements under an accepted protocol.
The date of its release is yet to be determined, and can be decided only after all its wounds heal completely. So far, dressing being done on the wounds has been a challenging task, unlike the case with other animals treated in the zoo.
Aged around 35, according to experts, the rhino will be eventually released in Pobitora Sanctuary, from where it was reportedly swept away by the flood waters of the Brahmaputra.