Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Rare fishing cat found dead on road in eastern India

BHUBANESWAR | Friday, February 19, 2010

Giant fishing cat found dead on K’para road

Rajesh Behera | Kendrapara

The villagers of Ganihanmuhan under Barimula Gram Panchayat on Wednesday night found a three-feet-long fishing cat lying dead on the Kendrapada-Indupur road.

A local, Uttam Kumar Nayak, said while he and some youth of his village were returning home at about 11 pm they came across the dead wild animal. Believing that the dead animal was a leopard, out of curiosity they took the carcass to their village .On Thursday morning, hundreds of locals and people from adjoining villagers thronged to see the rare and endangered animal.

The locals later, informed the matter to the DFO of Cuttack Division, as the dead animal was retrieved from the jurisdiction of Cuttack Forest Division. The forest officials of Kendrapada Forest Division took possession of the body of the fishing cat after the DFO of Cuttack asked the local forest officials to seize the dead fishing cat in order to conduct an autopsy in the local veterinary office. Later, the autopsy of the fishing cat was conducted. The reason for the giant fishing cat’s death might have been a mishap where it rammed a speeding truck, said forester Debendra Bai.



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