Lakhimpur Kheri (UP): The oldest female rhino of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve today died at a rhino rehabilitation area, officials said.
Death of 48-year-old Himrani was described by officials as “quite natural”, though an autopsy is being conducted to ascertain the exact cause of her death.
Himrani was found lying in ailing condition on the road in Kakraha forests, yesterday, Deputy Director, Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, Vinod Krishna Singh, told PTI.
“Six teams were deputed to monitor her condition and provide treatment. Despite hectic efforts, Himrani failed to survive and succumbed to her ailment this morning,” he said. Last year, a tiger had attacked her but she survived the attack.
After Himrani's death, the rhino family in Dudhwa has thirty members. This excludes the two young calves whose birth has been reported a few weeks ago, Singh said.
Himrani's fourth generation is flourishing in the reserve.
Singh described the death as “quite natural”, though he said, an autopsy has been ordered to ascertain the exact cause of her death.