A rare and known to be the world’s most trafficked mammal, endangered pangolin, was captured in Jharkhand on Saturday. The mammal was captured by villagers of the Rangachapd village, who found it in a field.
The video of the same incident was shared by the Indian Forest Services officer Susanta Nanda on Twitter and shows the animal being held by a local to prevent its escape.
Nanda while sharing the video wrote that the animal was stressed due to heckling by the villagers. They have gathered to see the mammal and can also be seen holding it by the tail.
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“This animal is severely stressed. But all rescues are to be videographed before shifting them to safety. The times we live,” wrote the IFS officer.
Pangolins, as can be seen, are scale-covered mammals found in parts of Africa and Asia. Believed to be the most trafficked mammal in the world, they are traded for their scales that are used for medicinal purposes. Their meat is also pricy.
It’s becoming rare. A very shy animal.— Susanta Nanda IFS (@susantananda3) April 20, 2020
It's Chinese Pangolin?? If yes it is critically endangered.April 20, 2020
???? an animal this meek and that probably can't fight back…thank god this one has been rescued. Hope it never gets trapped ever again.— Debali Basu (@debalib) April 21, 2020
According to United News of India, the mammal, however, was rescued. The same will now be released into the forest areas of Kundhit by the forest department.