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Visakhapatnam 2013
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Visakhapatnam 2013

Year: 2013
Description: Visakhapatnam 12 April 2013: The scene seemed straight out of a movie — except that it was all too real. Staff and visitors at the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park here panicked after a rhinoceros ran amok, coming out of the moat in which it had been kept for acclimatisation. Authorities had to close the zoo for the day after the incident.<br>The 12-year-old male rhino, named Nakul, had arrived at Vizag zoo on Wednesday evening from Kanpur zoo after a punishing four-day journey in a small cage, loaded on a truck. The cage had to be kept small because if the animal made even a small movement the truck would turn turtle.<br>Nakul was kept at a ‘night house’ at the local zoo for him to acclimatise to his new surroundings.<br>The night house is located away from the regular enclosures and visitors are not allowed there. A guard on duty at the night house suddenly heard some loud grunt on Thursday morning and saw the rhino break out of its enclosure and enter a muddy pool.<br>The zoo authorities fell into a frenzied state, for they anticipated it would attack people. The staff members suffered minor injuries in the melee that followed.<br>The staff had to use tranquillisers to bring the animal under control, which took at least half an hour.<br>The zoo authorities said the rhino had been rescued by the Kanpur forest authorities and it would take it some time to get used to the new environment.<br>“The four day journey confined in a small cage, that too in summer, may have stressed the rhino. Rhinos generally like to be in muddy waters for long hours and it had been away from it for a few days,” said Pradeep Nath of Visakha Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.<br>“Nakul is now resting at the night house. We have also called for a doctor from Hyderabad zoo to chalk out a strategy to tame it and to put it into an enclosure for public view. We evacuated the zoo as a precautionary measure so that no visitor is harmed due, said zoo doctor P. Srinivas.<br>
Location: Captive
Subject: Captivity
Species: Indian Rhino
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