An endangered pangolin has been rescued by the forest department in the Indian state of Jharkhand after being captured by villagers in the Jamtara district who claimed to have found the animal in a field.
A viral video shows locals holding the pangolin by its tail before moving it to a safe place.
The meek animal, which can only defend itself by curling into a ball to use its sharp scales against a predator, can be seen haplessly trying to run away from the people while being held.
The most trafficked mammal, next only to humans is rescued at Jamtara district of Jharkhand.— Susanta Nanda IFS (@susantananda3) April 20, 2020
This animal is severely stressed. But all rescues are to be videographed before shifting them to safety. The times we live😡 pic.twitter.com/stCfsBNc3w
Indian Forest Service officer Susanta Nanda, who shared the video on Twitter, explained why all rescues have to be filmed before shifting them to safety.
Though many people are happy that the rare animal was rescued, several others are disturbed by how the creature was handled during the process.
That's not how to restrain them especially if it already stressed.— Perfection◇(P7). (@Perfection710) April 20, 2020