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Bangladesh’s only female Nilgai dies at Ramsagar National Park

  • Published at 07:22 am March 17th, 2019
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File photo of Two endangered nilgai are now in Ramsagar National Park, Dinajpur Dhaka Tribune

The Nilgai fell down after being dashed by a fence and died on the spot

Bangladesh's only female Nilgai which was rescued from Ranisankail upazila of Thakurgaon district last year has died at Ramsagar National Park.

Abdus Salam Tuhin, a caretaker of the national park said: “Two endangered Nilgais - a female and a male -- were roaming inside the mini zoo of the park on Saturday. Suddenly, the female one fell down after being dashed by a fence and died on the spot.”

He added that a 3-member probe body has also been formed to unearth the reason behind the death of the endangered animal.

On September 4, 2018, locals captured the female Nilgai from Ranisankail upazila in Thakurgaon. The forest department then rescued the animal and brought it to Ramsagar. Another Nilgai, rescued from Manda upazila in Naogaon district was also shifted to the park on January 22.

Nilgai is a species of deer, usually large brown or bluish grey, and native to Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Nepal.

Nilgai was declared endangered in Bangladesh by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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