Indian vets try to save rare rhino shot, dehorned
GAUHATI, India (AP) -- Indian veterinarians are struggling to save the life of a rare rhinoceros that was shot and had its horn cut off after it wandered out of a flooded national park.
The wounding of the one-horned rhino by poachers early Wednesday sparked outrage in the northeastern state of Assam. Footage of the bleeding rhino with its horn removed and a cut to its ear were broadcast on local television.
The state's head wildlife warden Suresh Chand said the animal had fled the floods in the Kaziranga National Park for a highland across a busy highway where trailing guards lost track of it.
An estimated 2,500 out of the world's 3,000 one-horned rhinos live in the park.
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