In­jured Asian palm civet res­cued from Mehrauli

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

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

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