Pangolin nursed back to health in Navi Mumbai

The endangered species was rescued from being illegally trafficked; found to be dehydrated, starved

Published - December 28, 2018 09:24 am IST - Mumbai

Hunted and hurt: The pangolin was rescued based on a tip off in the Shirdhon village, and was in severely poor health when taken into custody.

Hunted and hurt: The pangolin was rescued based on a tip off in the Shirdhon village, and was in severely poor health when taken into custody.

An illegally trafficked pangolin was rescued in a joint operation by the Navi Mumbai Crime Branch and Resqink Association for Wildlife Welfare (RAWW), a non-government organisation that works in the field of animal welfare.

Medicinal properties

Pangolins, an endangered species in India, are in high demand in the black market as their scales are used to cure a wide range of ailments including skin diseases and spinal problems. The purchase and sale of pangolins is banned in several countries and is a punishable offence in India.

According to police officials, the pangolin was rescued based on a tip off in the Shirdhon village on Saturday afternoon, and was in severely poor health when taken into custody. The accused, Samay Bamanu (42), was carrying it in a sack to sell it in Panvel when he was intercepted and arrested by the Unit III of the Navi Mumbai Crime Branch, officers said.

The Crime Branch subsequently registered an offence under the Wildlife Protection Act and the pangolin was handed over to RAWW for further care.

Pawan Sharma, founder of RAWW said, “The pangolin was dehydrated and it seemed like it probably had not eaten for many days. Along with this, the animal had also suffered travel stress and trauma due to captivity.”

Fed for 8 hours

The 6.6 kg pangolin was then rehydrated through fluid therapy under the supervision of veterinary officers. Pangolins feed on insects and especially ants. It was taken to Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali on Sunday, where there are plenty of ant hills. The pangolin fed for almost 8 hours, after which it was again kept under observation for 12 hours by RAWW.

After ensuring that the pangolin was in better health, it was handed over to the Forest Department.

This is the year of resuce of pangolins by the police. The Thane Crime Branch Unit V had on February 23 arrested two accused for trying to sell a pangolin, while on October 11, the Thane Crime Branch Unit I had arrested three accused with a pangolin.

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