Jalpaiguri (WB), Jun 24 (PTI) A pangolin was rescued
from a village adjoining Baikunthapur forest in Jalpaiguri
district of West Bengal and a poacher was arrested in this
connection, forest officials said on Wednesday.
Acting on a tip-off, the Special Task Force of the
North Bengal Forest Division raided Mantadari village on
Tuesday and rescued the pangolin, which is a critically-
endangered animal, from the possession of poacher Fajnu
Mohammad, Baikunthapur Forest Ranger Sanjay Dutta said.
The arrested person has revealed that the pangolin was
meant to be smuggled to Siliguri, he said, adding that
Mohammad was involved in other poaching cases in the past.
From Siliguri, the pangolin could have been trafficked
abroad, forest officials said.
The rescued pangolin was released in the Bengal Safari
Park near Siliguri.
Pangolins from the region are often trafficked to
China, where its meat is consumed and scales used for
medicinal purposes, they said. PTI COR