Poachers Shoot Another Rare Rhino

GAUHATI, India (September 27, 2012)--Forest guards were attempting to catch a rare rhinoceros that was shot and dehorned by poachers after it wandered out of a flooded national park in northeastern India, in the fourth such attack in two days, officials said.

The officials say the guards, joined by dozens of villagers, were chasing the injured rhino on Thursday in the Jagdamba Tea Estate near the Kuthori forested area in an attempt to tranquilize and treat it.

The attacks on the one-horned rhinoceroses have sparked outrage in Assam state, home of the world's largest concentration of the rare rhinos.

Heavy rains across Assam have caused flooding in recent days, which has killed some animals and forced others to flee.

Rhino horn powder is coveted in some Asian countries as a medicine or aphrodisiac.


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