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Another translocated Arna gives birth to calf in CNP

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CHITWAN — A week after a wild water buffalo also called ‘Arna’ gave birth to a female calf, another Arna has also given birth to a calf on Thursday in Chitwan National Park (CNP), officials confirmed.

According to the Senior Veterinary Doctor at the CNP, Kamal Ghaire, a male calf was recovered from the conserved area of the wild water buffalo in the eastern belt of CNP at Padampur.

Earlier, a wild buffalo that was translocated to the CNP nearly two years ago, had given birth to a female calf on 16 August.

“Following the two-day long monitoring with the support from elephants, we found the second wild water buffalo giving birth to a baby calf,” Ghaire narrated. He added that one more Arna is an aspiring mother and is expected to give birth within a month.

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With the addition of new members of Arna, Director General of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Department Man Bahadur Khadka said that a huge success was achieved in the conservation of species after the birth of a male calf and shared his plan to add more Arna in the open place.

After the arrival of a new member of Arna, the total number of wild water buffaloes in open space has reached 11 in the national park.

Prior to this, six Arna lost their lives due to diseases and in tiger attack, according to the officials at CNP.

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2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident

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HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.

Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.

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Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.

Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.

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