Watch: Rhinos Attack Safari Jeep At Bengal's Jaldapara National Park, 7 Tourists Injured
The forest department officials quickly arrived at the scene and rushed the injured tourists to the local Madarihat health centre.
- Seven tourists were injured during a safari at Jaldapara National Park
- Their jeep was hit by two rhinos at the park
- The jeep fell off the road while the driver was reversing away from the rhinos
New Delhi: A beautiful safari at Jaldapara National Park recently turned into a nightmare for seven tourists after their vehicle was hit by two rhinoceroses. The seven tourists who were excited to embark on a safari adventure hopped on the safari jeep and headed into the jungle. They were hoping to catch a glimpse of the park's famous one-horned rhinoceros.
As they were driving down the road, they noticed movement in the bushes adjacent to the road. Two rhinoceroses were engaged in a fierce fight, and the tourists quickly grabbed their cameras to capture the moment. They had no idea that this would turn out to be a disastrous decision.
I think it’s about time guidelines for safety and rescue in adventure sports are implemented in wildlife safaris across the country. Safaris are becoming more of adventure sports now!
Jaldapara today! pic.twitter.com/ISrfeyzqXt — Akash Deep Badhawan, IFS (@aakashbadhawan) February 25, 2023
As the tourists were busy clicking photographs and shooting videos, the attention of the rhinoceroses shifted toward the jeep. Before anyone knew it, the two rhinoceroses charged toward the safari jeep. The driver, Kamal Gazi, tried to start the engine and escape but the jeep skidded off the road and fell into a tunnel adjacent to the road.
The impact of the fall was severe, and all seven tourists were injured, reported IANS. Some suffered from broken bones, while others had bruises and cuts. The driver, Kamal Gazi, suffered minor injuries, but the shock of the incident was evident on his face.
The forest department officials quickly arrived at the scene and rushed the injured tourists to the local Madarihat health centre. Two of them were in critical condition and were shifted to the Alipurduar district hospital. The officials were stunned by the incident since rhinos charging toward tourist vehicles have never been reported before in the Jaldapara national park.
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The incident was a wake-up call for everyone, and the park authorities have now put up warning signs cautioning tourists to maintain a safe distance from wildlife. The driver, Kamal Gazi, who has been in this profession for a long time, expressed his shock and said that he had never come across such a situation before. He added that it was fortunate that no one was killed, and things could have been much worse.