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Balasore: Pangolin ‘Escapes’ Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary, Gets Rescued

Balasore: A pangolin was rescued by the forest official after local youths alerted of its presence in Daripokhari village under Oupada block.

The Forest Guard of Chandipur Wildlife Range Pradeep Kumar Rout said that at about 8 PM last night he was informed that a pangolin was seen in a canal in the village which comes under Dantur Forest Beat house.

Weighing about three kilograms, the pangolin is suspected to have escaped from nearby Kuldiha wildlife sanctuary due to recent floods. As per procedure, the pangolin was handed over to Balasore Divisional Forest Officer (DFO).

Pangolin is vulnerable to extinction as they are the world’s most trafficked poached scaled mammals. As per UN Environment and international wildlife organizations, large-scale trafficking of Pangolin is driven by a belief in pangolins’ magical and curative properties and a demand for their meat. When mixed with bark from certain trees, the scales are thought to neutralize witchcraft and evil spirits.

In 2014, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) had classified all eight pangolin species – four of which live in Asia and four in Africa – as threatened with extinction. And in 2017, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) had banned international trade in Pangolins.

Pradeep Kumar Rout, Forest Guard, Chandipur Wildlife Range

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