Officials of Forest Department have rescued a three and a half year-old anteater (Pangolin) from the backyard of a house in Dharmapuri near here.

Conservator of Forests P Devaraj told PTI that on receiving information that a rare species of anteater was found at the backyard of a house, a team of officials rushed to the spot and rescued the 2.5 metres long animal on Saturday.

He said the anteater feeds on all types of ants and also termites.

The department would feed it with meat munches and “we are in touch with the forest authorities in Vandalur near Chennai to know further details on what additional feed it should be given,” he added.

Anteaters, which have been enlisted in Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972, would be found in hilly areas and it would have been sneaked into the garden of the house from the nearby Muthirapalayam ravines.

It had scales and nothing could penetrate into it.

This is the first time that such a rare species of Pangolin had been located in Puducherry, the officials said.