Rhino, tiger found dead in Chitwan National Park area
File Photo: A female rhino died in the Setidevi Community Forest on Saturday, July 23, 2016. Photo: Tilak Ram Rimal.

An adult male rhino and a tiger have been found dead in the Chitwan National Park area recently.

According to the Park’s information Officer, Lokendra Adhikari, the rhino assume to be aged around 30 years was found dead at Kalkata Tappu nearby the bank of the Narayani River.

Adhikari shared that the dead rhino could have succumbed to injuries from a clash with another rhino since its horn and the hooves were intact. “It rules out the possibility of the rhino was killed by poachers,” added Adhikari.

With this, the rhino fatalities in the Park in the current fiscal year 2020/21 have reached 22. Of them, four were killed by poachers, and the rest perished due to various natural reasons. Preparation is afoot to conduct the rhino census from March 22 this year.

Likewise, the CPN team has found a tiger in dead condition at Chaparchuli stream. The dead big cat, estimated to be 4-year-old, was spotted on March 7, shared Adhikari.

The sex of the dead tiger, however, could not be ascertained. It is the first tiger found dead in the Park this fiscal year.

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