Imphal: A rare Tokay Gecko, a unique species of reptile, was recently rescued and later released to its habitat at reserve forest area by staff of forest department in Kakching district in Manipur.
As per reports, the presence of the rare reptile species was alerted to the staff of range forest office in the district by one local resident Kshetrimayum Chourjit of Kakching Laithagol Leikai after it was found lying at his outhouse near the Sengmai River.
The crackling sound produced by the reptile which can be heard from a far distance every morning and evening caused concern among the people, especially children since they got scared, report said.
The team of the range forest rushed to the spot and rescued the rare creature and later, released safely to the wild after finding no injury, it said.
A section of people consider such rare reptiles are useful for traditional medicines to treat many deadly diseases like HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis etc., which resulted in rampant black marketing of Tokay Gecko.
A wall climbing reptile, Tokay Gecko, is a nocturnal reptile which usually resides between rocks, caves and tree holes, and sometimes spotted in residential areas too.