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Rhino calves rescued during India's monsoon floods transferred to zoo

Three rhinoceros calves, rescued during monsoon floods over the past two years at a famed wildlife preserve in India's northeast, were transported on Friday to a zoo as part of a conservation programme.

The calves, aged one to two, were taken by lorries to the zoo in Gauhati, the capital of Assam state, from the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation near Kaziranga National Park, said Tajas Mariswamy, a regional forest officer.

Injured or orphaned wild animals are treated at the centre and returned to their natural habitats or to adopted homes.

The Gauhati Zoo already has eight rhinoceroses.

Every year Kaziranga National Park, which has the world's largest population of more than 2,500 one-horned rhinoceroses as well as many other species, gets flooded by heavy monsoon rains which force animals to move to higher ground. India's monsoon season runs from June through September.

S.M. Singh, director of the park, said on Friday that during this year's monsoon 32 rhinos died because of floods.

Forest guards rescued seven rhinos with varying injuries and sent them to the centre for recovery and rehabilitation.

AP

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