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Odisha: Indian pangolin rescued from house in Cuttack

News Agencies | Updated on: 31 August 2019, 8:53 IST

An Indian Pangolin was rescued from a house by the forest officials at Kharod village near Talachandragiri Reserve forest in Odisha.

The mammal was rescued on Friday from the house in Badamba Range of Athagarh Forest Division in Cuttack.

Athagarh Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Sasmita Lenka said, "The rescued pangolin is currently kept in the Badamba Forest Range and will later be released into Nandankanan Zoo."

Pangolins are often referred to as the world's most trafficked mammal.

Pangolin scales are made of keratin - the material found in human fingernails and hair - and they have no proven medicinal value. Pangolin meat is considered a delicacy in some countries, and the scales are used as decorations for rituals and jewellery. They are considered to be at high risk of extinction, primarily as a result of illegal poaching.


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First published: 31 August 2019, 8:53 IST