Tamenglong: An injured Chinese pangolin or Manis pentadactyla, a unique mammal covered with rows of overlapping scales accompanied by hair, was released in a forest in Manipur’s Tamenglong district after being treated for about three days, said reports.
The rare animal was rescued by the forest department along with Rainforest Club Tamenglong, an NGO based in Tamenglong, on February 24 .
Before releasing in the Azuram Village Community Reserve Forest, the animal was kept for three days and three nights at a temporary shelter where it was administered medication and its health monitored under experts from the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), reports added.
The pangolin was released back into the wild with excellent health conditions after its injuries were checked, dressed and the wounds cleaned by veterinary doctors from Tamenglong Animals Home, reports said.
The animal was released in presence of Range Forest Officer Tamenglong Kh Hitler Singh and forest guard Kaphunlung Khangchian, besides two WII project officials and members of Rainforest Club Tamenglong.
Extensive illegal wildlife hunting and trade in the state, especially in the Tamenglong district in the recent past, has seen a drastic decline in the number of the rare animal, said officials.