Attempts to rescue a one-horned rhinoceros, stranded on the Rani Chapori sand bar in India since Sunday, failed on Tuesday due to heavy rain.
The rhino is believed to have strayed from the Pabitora Wildlife Sanctuary to escape flood waters, according to timesofindia.com. It became stranded on the sandbar along the bank of the Brahmaputra River.
The rescue efforts involve tranquilizing the rhino then airlifting him to a safe area within three minutes by air to a safer location. The whole rescue needs to be completed in about one hour for the safety of the animal.
"In the state of Arunachal Pradesh, 1.3 inches of rain fell early this week and in nearby local areas between 3.5 and 4 inches fell in the past few days," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews. "The rain in Arunachal Pradesh totaled 2.79 inches in the past three days."
Once the weather clears, the helicopter team is standing by with the equipment needed to complete the rescue. The team is hesitant to tranquilize the rhino for fear it will flee into the water and drown.
If the rescue can be completed, it will be the first time a rhinoceros is flown by helicopter in the country of India.
An ice storm, which could be the worst to hit the United States in years, is unfolding across portions of the southern Plains late this week.
Despite the mild air through midweek, the city is experiencing a drastic temperature to end the week.
The city will see snow a few times in the coming days as temperatures plummet.
After the midweek system accompanied with snow exits the area, frigid air will pour into the area.
While balmy air and rain will affect State College and central Pennsylvania into Thursday night, a return of colder air will be accompanied by a change to snow and slippery travel late Friday.
While balmy air and rain will affect Pittsburgh into Thursday night, a return of colder air will be accompanied by a change to snow and slippery travel Friday.
Duluth, MN (1950)
Storm starting today set two records, max. 24 hour snowfall 25.4"; max. single storm total 35.2" (5th-8th).
North Central US (1877-78)
The year without a winter...for example St. Paul was +14.1 degrees in December, +10.5 degrees in Jan., +16.3 in Feb. and +16.2 degrees in March (these are all departures from normal).
New Jersey (1927)
Heavy sleet storm left 1-4" in parts of the state.