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Nepal gifts rhinos to China

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

The government today gifted a couple of one-horned Asiatic rhinos to to consolidate ties between the two countries.

K P Sharma Oli handed over the rhino couple to Chinese at a function here.

gifted the rhinos named, Bhadra (male) and Rupasi (female), as per government's decision made a couple of years ago. Another couple of rhinos will be gifted to next month.

Speaking on the occasion, Oli said the presentation of rhinos to would help further consolidate historic ties between the two neighbouring countries. He also expressed hope that the rhinos would be reared in a good as he underlined the need for further expanding bilateral relations between Nepal and China.

Aged between 1-2 years, Bhadra weighs around 900 kgs while Rupasi weighs about 1,200 kgs, according to the

The rhinos will be dispatched to China by a special cargo plane. The endangered wildlife species are to be released in Chimelong Safari Park in of China, according to officials.

Yu acknowledged the rhino couple as a special gift to the and expressed confidence that they would live in good conditions.

So far, Nepal has gifted 26 rare one-horned rhinos to various countries including India, the US, Japan, and

Nepal is home to around 650 one-horned rhinoceros, according to the latest census.

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First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 22:50 IST