GUWAHATI: One of the world’s largest one-horned rhino horns was found in central Assam’s Nagaon treasury on Tuesday during the ongoing verification of the horns in the state.
According to forest officials, the massive horn belonged to the Bagori range of Kaziranga National Park and it was found in August, 1982.
The horn weighs 3 kg and 51 grams and its height is 36 cm. The horn’s outer curvature length is 45 cm, inner curvature is 38 cm and the base circumference is 60 cm.
“The only recorded horn bigger than this could be found in the British Museum, London. The height of the horn, retrieved from Assam in 1909 and kept in the British Museum, is 60 cm. However, there is no mention of its weight,” the officials concluded.
The process to verify the more than 1,000 rhino horns, kept in government treasuries in some of Assam districts, started last week. Earlier, the state government constituted a panel, “Rhino Horn Verification Committee”, following allegations that fake horns were being used to replace the real ones in the treasuries.
During the process of verification at the Tezpur treasury last week, the committee found that parts of at least five horns had been cut off and taken away.
The rhino is killed by poachers for its horn. A horn, believed to be an aphrodisiac for both men and women, could fetch Rs.1 crore from the international black market.