A video of a rhino getting hit by a truck in an animal corridor has left netizens enraged. The viral clip was shared by Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer Parveen Kaswan on Sunday, October 9. While sharing the video on Twitter, the officer revealed that the incident took place at the Hadibari animal corridor located in Assam. In the viral clip, a heavy truck carrying goods can be seen passing through the road, when a wild rhino appears from one side of the animal corridor. The truck continues to move forward, while the rhino gets hit brutally.
After the vehicle passes by, the rhino tumbles on the road, possibly a head injury received during the clash. The animal then gets up and moves toward the forest again. The IFS officer, in an attempt to raise a caution alarm, wrote, “Friends while driving through animal corridors, the least we can do is caution. The video is from Haldibari Animal Corridor in Assam.” In a subsequent tweet, the officer added, “My concern is not limited to this case. It is just an example. Annually hundreds of wild animals face accidents due to overspeeding or rash driving through wildlife corridors. Remember all wildlife corridors have speed restrictions. Caution can help.” Watch the video below:
Friends while driving through animal corridors, least we can do is caution.
Video is from Haldibari Animal Corridor in Assam. pic.twitter.com/pIEQU7yyIP
— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) October 9, 2022
Within a day the video has amassed over 413 thousand views on the micro-blogging, leaving many concerned about the health of the animal. Meanwhile, a section of the internet also highlighted that the truck driver wasn’t at fault. A user, who was left worried about the animal’s health, asked if the authorities traced and treated the rhino, “Is the Rhino ok? I hope the forest officials went looking for him to check on him.”
Is the Rhino ok???. I hope the forest officials went looking for him to check on him.
— Bharani66 (@Bharani661) October 9, 2022
Another defended the driver, “There was no chance that the driver would have stopped it’s an unfortunate accident.”
There was no chance that driver would have stopped it’s an unfortunate accident
— Julien (@John17014868) October 9, 2022
One more commented, “I don’t see any mistake of the truck driver. Instead, we need fencing of highways and special underground corridors for the animals to pass from one side to another.”
I don’t see any mistake of truck driver.
Instead we need fencing of highways and special underground corridor for the animals to pass from one side to another.
— Vivek Datar (@Vivek_Datar) October 9, 2022
A netizen pointed, “Sad to see the rhino getting knocked down. Neither the driver nor the rhino is at fault, except that actually, it is our fault at the end of the day for building highways through animal corridors.”
Sad to see the rhino getting knocked down. Neither the driver nor the rhino at fault, except that actually it is our fault at the end of the day for building highways through animal corridors.
— Jones Joseph (@jonesjoseph) October 9, 2022
An update regarding the trauma suffered by the rhino wasn’t shared by the IFS officer. The extent of its injury remains unknown.
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