Nuapada, Jan 20: Forest officials on Saturday apprehended two wildlife criminals and rescued a live pangolin from their possession in Odisha’s Nuapada.
Acting on a tip-off regarding the dealing of live pangolin in Nangalbad village under Sinapali range in odisha’s Nuapada district, forest officials conducted a raid and seized a live pangolin along with pangolin scales weighing around 2 Kg.
The forest officials also arrested two wildlife dealers in this connection while other two members of the group managed to fled from the spot.
Worth mentioning, the Indian Pangolin is a solitary, shy, slow moving, nocturnal mammal. It is a Schedule-I protected animal under Wild Life Protection Act, 1972, which provides absolute protection-offences under these are prescribed for the highest penalties.