The rescued pangolin was released into the wild Credit: Kohima DFO

Kohima: An Indian pangolin found in the village area of Logwesunyu village under Tseminyu sub-division of Kohima district was rescued by the members of the Kohima forest division along with Tseminyu Range staff and the villagers.

Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Rajkumar M informed that the district forest division received information about an Indian Pangolin on Saturday night and was rescued the next day.

“This animal is a nocturnal mammal and was found wandering into the village area,” the DFO said. After the rescue operation, the Indian pangolin was released into the wild, in the presence of the Tseminyu Range staff, the village council members and the youth.

The officer informed that the Indian Pangolin is one of the most trafficked mammals in the world and is considered an endangered species under International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN ) and placed in schedule l of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

He acknowledged the village community for extending support in the rescue operation.

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