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Runaway rhino creates flutter in Vizag zoo

B. Madhu Gopal
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Some visitors to Indira Gandhi Zoological Park were injured in the commotion

Rhinoceros Nakul after breaking free from a moat in the Visakhapatnam zoo on Thursday. —Photo: by special arrangement
Rhinoceros Nakul after breaking free from a moat in the Visakhapatnam zoo on Thursday. —Photo: by special arrangement

A rhinoceros broke free from its moat at the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park here on Thursday afternoon, making visitors flee and force the authorities to carry out evacuations.

The zoo is situated about six kilometres from the city. The tearaway rhino, Nakul, was released into the fortified moat only in the morning.

It was confined to a cage in a four-day travel from the Kanpur zoo.

The zoo authorities had planned to move it into a separate enclosure once it got acclimatised to its new environment. However, it managed to break through the moat gate and ran into the public space around 1 p.m. Some visitors sustained injuries in the melee.

The zoo had attracted a good crowd owing to Ugadi.

Even as the authorities evacuated visitors, Nakul, aged around 12 years old and captured seven years ago, sauntered into the sambhar enclosure and settled itself in a small water body, zoo curator G. Ramalingam said.

Officials were planning to tranquillise Nakul and efforts were on to summon expert shooters.


  • Nakul broke out of a moat, where it was kept to get acclimatised

  • There was good crowd owing to Ugadi



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