Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Hornless Rhino of Jaldapara

The Hornless Rhino of Jaldapara
Indian one-horned rhinoceros is the center of attraction in Jaldapara, a national park on the bank of Torsa River, located at the green foothills of the Eastern Himalayas in Alipurduar district of West Bengal. Rhino's horn are made up of pure keratin (almost similar to your nails) and grows up to an average length of 10 inches! It's the horn that kills this animal. Like ivory, horn trading is illegal in India but who cares for the law? Law and human greed are blind anyway. Poachers have successfully reduced the total population of Indian one-horned rhino, also known as greater one-horned rhinoceros to a meager number of 2575, of which 108 were recorded inhabitants of Jaldapara National Park in 2007. So, in the photo above, the fifth largest land animal is grunting "Give back my horn, or I'll track you, find you and kill you"... Horn traders, run for your filthy lives now!

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  1. It is a cruel world we live in :( Sad to see such a majestic animal in this state :(

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    1. Yes Gaurab... a lot of things to do before we go to sleep... we can't retire before seeing the winds of change... sigh :-(

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  2. sometimes, you want to say, WHY?

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  3. But how do they take out the horn without killing the animal? I mean, I don't understand how this works!

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    1. Usually, poachers kill rhino as they don't have to time to anesthetize the animal and then take out the horn surgically.... but in some cases horns may get damaged by itself and in such cases forest department vets take the horn out, as you see in this case... this shouldn't be a poacher attack, most probably :-)

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  4. I see the ribs of the poor beast.. They don't feed it properly do they ?? It seems the poor guys is not having enough food for months..

    Poor Indian, Hungry Indian Rhino.. My distant relative :(

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    1. Hunky you are not just a good observer but a real "chichh kandune baccha" if you know what I mean :-P
      Thanks for proving you're among those friends who're interested in my blogs too :-))

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  5. I am not so sure Liam Neeson would take this lightly. He would probably try to do as you said..

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