Koraput: A pangolin belonging to a rare breed was rescued by Forest department personnel near Bania bridge while it was being smuggled by a poacher.
The rescued pangolin belongs to a rare breed. It weighs around 4.60 grams and the poacher was going to make a deal for around Rs 5 lakh, reports stated.
Prabhu Datta Himansu Mishra, ACF Jeypore, (T) Division said the department received an input about a pangolin deal near Bania bridge on Saturday. “We laid a trap and rescued the pangolin, alive. The miscreant managed to escape towards Nabarangpur,” he added.
A manhunt has been launched to nab the accused in this case. It is suspected that the poacher belongs to a neighbouring State and was in the district to smuggle pangolins, Mishra further said.