Blackbucks swept away in floodwaters, video goes viral
Berhampur:A video of a herd of over 50 blackbucks, an endangered species of the Indian deer, being swept away in floodwaters of Kharkhari river in Ganjam district has been making the rounds in the social media.
Villagers saw the animals being swept away by the floodwaters and alerted forest officials who rushed to the area and rescued the animals. Many of the blackbucks managed to find dry ground on their own while a few had to be pulled out.
Nearly 50 animals in the herd can be seen being swept away in the flood caused by five days of low pressure triggered torrential rains.
Sources said the blackbucks were rescued and sent back to the forest. The video reportedly recorded by a person in Purushottampur area of Ganjam district has gone viral after he uploaded it on social media.
According to sources, a powerful current of water swept away the herd that was grazing near the river. However, locals denied the presence of blackbucks in the area. Meanwhile, some pointed out that the animals could have got caught in a flash flood in the nearby Aska forest range. On the other hand, some say that the blackbucks had recently been brought to the Ghumusara wildlife division for a special conservation programme.
Nevertheless, the viral video has evoked criticism. Social media comments said the villagers should have rescued the animals instead of video shooting their plight.
Meanwhile, a senior forest official said, "The forest staff and local people gave safe passage to the stranded animals and helped them reach dry land." Forest officials are on high alert in the area to help other stranded animals, he added.