Within hours of the royal couple, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate visiting Assam's Kaziranga National Park, a rhino was hacked to death by poachers. An adult male rhino was found with a missing horn late on Wednesday night, 30 kms from the jungle resort where the royal couple were staying.
More than 88 empty AK47 cartridges were recovered from the poaching site. The Times of India quoted Kaziranga divisional forest officer, Suvashish Das as saying, "Firing of bullets was heard at around 11.10 pm near Patahi Beel under Burapahar's Borghop anti-poaching camp."
On 13 April, the royal couple were given a tour of the famed national park. The Duchess of Cambridge was also snapped feeding a rhinoceros.
According to the reports, this is the second rhinoceros poaching incident in two weeks. At least six rhinos have been killed in the last three months. Earlier this week, an adult rhino was attacked and its horn hacked off. The animal succumbed despite the forest officials's efforts.
A veterinary surgeon, who conducted most of the post mortems of the rhinos, told NDTV, "We have noticed that a lot of times, when the horn is sawed off, the skull is also fractured. This means the rhino's final hours are spent in such excruciating pain that you and I can perhaps not even begin to comprehend."
An extensive search operation has been launched to nab the poachers.