30 November, 2020

Kaziranga Loves A Good Flood

Kaziranga exists because of the floods; they are the lifeblood of this 430 square km protected area, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Photograph by PTI
Kaziranga Loves A Good Flood
outlookindia.com
2019-07-26T11:57:48+05:30

Cats are lazy and, given a choice, a Royal Bengal will be snug on a family’s master bed than wet its feet in ­floodwaters. It happens. A tiger resting in the bedroom of a ­house along the highway that cleaves through Kaziranga is the most enduring image of this year’s monsoonal floods, which have affected millions of people and livestock, and several counts of wildlife, in Assam. Floods in Assam are perennial; the Brahmaputra and his tributaries are the baddest boys in the rains. They behave like angry wet cats—wildly destructive, clawing out clods of soil from their banks, inundating acres upon acres of farmland, and Kaziranga too.

And every year, like this year, images of rhinos, elephants, ­buffaloes and deer swimming in floodwaters, or sheltering on man-made hummocks, or crossing the busy highway make ­awe-­inducing photo-ops for those unaware of the park’s ecology. Kaziranga exists because of the floods; they are the lifeblood of this 430 square km protected area, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

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