Heartbreaking Videos of Tigers, Rhinos Trying to Escape the Floods Ravaging Assam’s Kaziranga


Heartbreaking Videos of Tigers, Rhinos Trying to Escape the Floods Ravaging Assam’s Kaziranga

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

Kaziranga National Park in Assam is one of the crown jewels of India’s natural heritage. Sometimes called “The Land of the Giants”, it is home to some of India’s largest wildlife species, including the gaur bison, Asian elephant, Royal Bengal tiger, and most famously, the one-horned rhinoceros. This precious ecosystem has been thrown into disarray by the floods currently ravaging Assam, with the majority of the park inundated by floodwaters forcing animals out of their natural habitats and into surrounding areas.

The flooding has led to some unique interactions between the animals and humans who live in the area. In Assam’s Golaghat district, a video clip emerged of a young tiger taking refuge from the flood inside a goat shed. Two more incidents of tigers leaving the park and approaching nearby villages have been reported. Of the three tigers that left the park, two have already been safely relocated back into Kaziranga and away from human dwellings.

Meanwhile, park authorities and the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) have been engaged in rescue missions for the animals trapped by the rising matters. Video clips of authorities rescuing a stranded rhino calf that was separated from its mother are also doing the rounds of the internet.

Reports are claiming that as much as 95 per cent of Kaziranga National Park is currently flooded. The floods have had an adverse effect on the wildlife in the park, with over 50 wild animals dying in the disaster. Images of deer and rhinos fleeing the forest are truly heartbreaking.

Hog deer, one of the most abundant prey species in the park, make up most of the numbers in both the number of dead as well as rescued animals. More than 50 animals have succumbed to the floods.

The shocking scenes from Kaziranga National Park are a reminder that as humans, we are not alone in facing natural disasters. The flora and fauna that surround us are equal participants in the health of the environment, and suffer as much as we do.