A runaway rhino is terrorizing the people of Nepal, according to MSN News on Monday. After escaping from an unfenced reserve around 12 miles away, the huge beast began to chase people through the streets of central Nepal, killing one 61-year-old woman and injuring six other people so far. The rhino finally came to a stopping place behind the hospital, as of the last report.
Authorities were exploring ways to corral the rhino and get it safely out of the town. Trained elephants to herd it toward a reserve have been considered, as well as sedation, but the goal is to remove the rhino without harming it. While rhinos are not a common man killer, their dangerous horns can quickly and fatally gore man or beast.
These same horns are what cause poaching of the animals. The horn is valued in Asia for its alleged medicinal properties. There are 534 rhinos in Nepal, and they have been applauded for their conservation efforts. Deforestation is considered the main reason that rhinos leave the reserve and come into cities and towns.
While Tri-Cities residents are nowhere near the animal reserves of Africa, many startled motorists may wonder what is going on. Travelling the Blountville Bypass, motorists are surprised to see a large billboard with a rhino on it. The message implores the reader to “Stop Wildlife Cruelty.” So, what is the intended message, you may wonder? Have rhinos been spotted in Sullivan County, Tennessee? More plausible, the World Wildlife Fund is conducting an awareness campaign.