Injured Asian palm civet rescued from Mehrauli
New Delhi: An injured Asian palm civet was rescued from a temple near Qutub Minar on Friday.
The Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus), also called a toddy cat, is a small member of the family Viverridae — native to south and southeast Asia.
According to the NGO, Wildlife SOS, the civet cat was spotted on the fringes of Sanjay Van near a residential area in Mehrauli.
“The area is flanked between the sprawling city fo- rests and the inhabited regions of Qutub complex. Owing to the repetitive nature of such sightings, the residents consider such occurrences natural. On Friday, a resident spotted the animal being attacked by a pack of fe- ral dogs in which it sustained bite wounds,” a release stated on Saturday.
Kartick Satyanarayan, cofounder and CEO of Wildlife SOS, said, “The civet is under stress and will take time to recover. Our dedicated team of veterinarians is carrying out the necessary treatment and upon complete recovery, the animal will be released into its natural habitat.” Wasim Akram, manager, Wildlife SOS special projects, said, “Rapid habitat encroachment and deforestation are beginning to redefine the boundaries between forest and urban areas.”
The animal had sought shelter near a temple inside a society