Jalpaiguri, 25th June: The special task force of the West Bengal forest department has recovered a pangolin from Mantadari village of Rajganj block under Jalpaiguri district on Wednesday.
Sanjay Dutta, range officer of the special task force said acting on a tip-off, forest officials intercepted one Faznu Mohammad on Canal Road in Mantadari. Then, the team found the pangolin inside Faznu’s bag that was with him. Faznu was arrested while the rescued pangolin was sent to the Bengal Safari Park on the outskirts of Siliguri.
The pangolin — one of the most trafficked mammals — falls prey to animal smugglers as its scales are used in making traditional medicines in China, said foresters.
Foresters later in the day produced Faznu at the chief judicial magistrate’s court in Jalpaiguri. He has been sent to judicial custody for 14 days, said range officer Dutta.
It is to be noted, that Pangolin are endangered species. They are unique mammals popularly known as anteaters. Their body is covered with hard scales made of protein called keratin and they mainly feeds on ants and termites. They are highly vulnerable to poaching for their scales, skin, meat and various body parts used in traditional medicines and yields high prices in the international markets. The species is protected under Schedule I of India’s Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.