Berhampur, Jan 22 (LocalWire) Forest department officials on Wednesday rescued a two-and-half years old rare fishing cat, a rare wild animal from an area in Ganjam district, an official said.
The forest staffs from Nuaghai in Manitra area of Buguda forest range under Ghumusar south division rescued the cat scientifically known as ‘Prionailurus Viverrinus’.
The local people first sighted the elusive animal and informed to the forest staffs at Buguda.
“The cat was unable to walk. We admitted it at the local veterinary hospital” divisional forest officer Satya Narayan Behura told LocalWire.
The condition of the animal is stated to be stable.
He said the animal might have come from the wild to the water body for drinking, or hunting of crab, and got stuck in the mud on the canal bank.
The fishing cat is an endangered animal and protected under the Wildlife (Protection) Act.