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12:00 AM, April 06, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, April 06, 2020

Pangolin rescued in Mymensingh

A pangolin was rescued from Dhobaura upazila of Mymensingh on Saturday night.

Jamal Mia, a farmer of Goloibanga village, noticed the animal first being attacked by a dog. He along with others rescued it right away.

Locals said the pangolin, locally known as "bon rui", might have entered the village from the nearby hilly areas.

On information, Nazrul Islam, union parishad member, and Rafiquzzaman, upazila nirbahi officer, rushed to the spot and rescued the endangered animal.

It was handed over to the officials of Mymensingh Divisional Forest Office yesterday, said the UNO.

'BON RUI'

Although at first glance, a pangolin may look like a reptile, it is actually a mammal. These mammals are covered in large, hardened overlapping scales with ridges. The keratin scales make up a hard shell of sorts, making the animal resemble a rui fish. Because of this resemblance, many locals call pangolins, bon rui.

They are nocturnal creatures, preferring to sleep the day away.

According to experts, these animals do not harm people. They live deep in the forests of Sylhet, the Sundarbans and Chittagong Hill Tracts.

Pangolins have been declared protected under the Wildlife Act of 1974.

However, the mammal is being caught and killed indiscriminately as parts of it are used for making traditional medicine or totka, said experts.

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