Brahmapur, Aug 14
The pangolin, an endangered species, was rescued by forest officials on Monday from the village forest near Gopalpur under Digapahandi forest range in Ganjam district.
After proper medical treatment, the ant-eating mammal was released in the nearby forest on Tuesday, said Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Brahmapur, SS Mishra.
Pangolin is on the verge of extinction due to widespread poaching for its shells and is listed in Schedule I of Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, sources said.
Pangolins, however, are found abundantly on the outskirts of the town, generally bushes in the jungle, he said.
It indicates that the area is an ideal habitat for this mammal, he said. (PTI)