Odisha: Pangolin Rescued in Balasore, Racketeers Manage To Escape

12 September 2019

Pramod Kumar Das

Balasore: A pangolin of about six kilograms was rescued from Jirtal village under Kuladiha forest range here on Thursday.

Based on a tip-off, the forest department officials had conducted a raid in the said village but had failed to get hold of the pangolin or the smugglers. The officials were supposed to return later with the local Police team, when a villager called to inform the location of the animal.

The forest officials rescued the pangolin and have let it into the wild at Kuladiha Reserve Forest.

However, the smuggling gang had managed to flee from the village. The Police are on a lookout for the racketeers.

Pangolin is a Schedule I animal and is one of the most trafficked animals in the world. While pangolin scales are sold at a price of about Rs 12,000 in Odisha, its value in international markets magnifies significantly.