Initial signs show rhino died naturally, not shot: national park

Cat Tien National Park authorities have said initial signs showed that a rare rhino reportedly shot dead by poachers had actually died of natural causes.

Forest rangers put together a rhino skeleton recently found in Cat Tien National Park, Lam Dong Province (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Vietnam said on May 10 the Rhino had been killed, but an initial investigation by park rangers has found that the endangered animal had in fact died naturally three to five months ago, Cat Tien authorities said May 11.
 
Tran Van Thanh, the park’s director, said the rhino’s skeleton had been found on an edge of a small stream in Cat Tien District in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong.
 
The skeleton had been buried in about 0.4 meter of muddy and soil, he said.
 
After two days of excavation, park rangers and WWF have unearthed 52.5 kilograms of various bones belonging to the creature’s skeleton.
 
Mr. Thanh said verification from bone and dung samples, and tracks the rhino left at the scene, had confirmed that the rhino had only one horn.
 
The park is arranging the skeleton, seeking remaining bones, confirming the animal’s species and investigating the cause of the rhino’s death.

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By N.Vien – Translated by Hoang Yen

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