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SOS Rhino : In the News : Notorious week killing rhinos
 

Notorious week killing rhinos

  BY PRAGATI SHAHI

eKantipur.com

14 December 2006

CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK, Dec 14 - On the surface, Mikania micrantha, locally known as "miles a minute", looks just like any other useful plant that adds spectacular greenery to the surrounding. But, this creeping weed, which was until 1993 alien to Nepal, has earned enough notoriety for destroying the grassland of endangered wild animals like rhinoceros and deer.

Rapid spread of this unwanted weed has forced authorities to gear up for its elimination, as its spread - as authorities and experts point out - has been closely linked to recent killings of rhinos on an unprecedented scale.

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