Going too far
You read that right. A national park in India takes it upon themselves to protect their highly valued one-horned rhinoceroses.
There are plenty of endangered species of animals around the world, but they are all preserved in different ways. They can be kept under strict supervision, kept in a special enclosure, and there are also laws to help keep these animals safe in the wild. Big supporters of the animal kingdom and its many members rejoice when a species like the giant panda is saved from extinction, but they may not be as happy when they find out what’s keeping the one-horned rhino safe.
The way that the Kaziranga National Park keeps their animals protected will almost definitely surprise you.
The One-Horned Rhino
The Kaziranga National Park in India takes the protection of their animals very seriously. The rhinos in the park may be some of the safest animals on the planet. About a century ago, there were literally only a handful of the Indian one-horned rhinoceroses. Thanks to the park, there are plenty more roaming freely these days.
Now the National Park has over 2,400 rhinoceroses, accounting for a whopping two-thirds of the world’s population, so they’re obviously doing something right. The only thing that seems a little off-putting is the way that they keep their animals safe.
While there are definitely cuter ways to save animals, this park takes a pretty shocking approach to keeping their animals safe. You might think it’s a joke, but the park *literally* shoots any poachers who try to steal the animals. That’s pretty serious.
A Valuable Horn
The rhinos’ horns are what the poachers are after. The horn itself can be sold for around $6,000 for each 100g—which is more expensive than gold—so it’s no surprise that people want it.
Sure the rhinos need protection, but I think it’s fair to say that this park is going a little bit too far when it comes to the amount of human beings they’ve killed to save their animals…