Endangered animal rescued, released in Bangladesh forest

Endangered animal rescued, released in Bangladesh forest
Forest officials released an Asian civet, an endangered species locally known as Gondho Gokul.
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Forest officials released an Asian civet, an endangered species locally known as Gondho Gokul, in the Khadim Nagar National Park in Sylhet yesterday afternoon.

A team of forest officials rescued the civet from Lokkhonabondo Madrasa Bazar area under Golapganj upazila in Sylhet yesterday morning, RFM Monirul Islam, Sylhet division forest officer, told this correspondent.

Scientific name of the animal is Paradoxurus Hermaphroditus, he said, adding that after capturing the animal from the residential area, they put it in a cage and later released it to its natural habitat.

Locals said it might have come outside the forest and entered human territory in search of food.

The Asian civet generally grows 53-55 centimetres long and its tail is 48-50 centimetres. This rare species lives on fruits, vegetables and small animals, said Monirul Islam.

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