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Orphaned rhino taken to Assam's Manas National Park

By The Assam Tribune

Guwahati, Feb 21 (IANS): A young male rhino has been shifted to the Manas National Park in Assam and will be released in the wild following a period of acclimatisation, an official said on Thursday.

The rhino - named Maju - was brought from the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) near the Kaziranga National Park, a distance of about 400 km from Manas, a Unesco World Heritage site.

"The rhino was less than a month old when it was found alone in September 2009 at Baghmari area in Kaziranga," said Rathin Barman, deputy director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare-Wildlife Trust of India (IFAW-WTI).

He said the reason for its separation from its mother was not clear.

The rhino is about four years old now and would join two other rhinos at the pre-release site at Manas.

The CWRC is a wildlife rehabilitation facility jointly run by the state forest department and IFAW-WTI. It has successfully rehabilitated many rhinos since 2006.

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