Silchar: A jungle cat was rescued from a village in Patharkandi in Karimganj district in southern Assam on Friday.
Sources said the cat was spotted by a local resident, who with the help of others caught the animal in Narayinpur, about 92 kilometers from Silchar on Friday afternoon and informed the Department of forests.
A team of officials from the Baithakhal Forestry Bureau under the Dohalia Forest Range arrived on the scene, after which the locals handed over the feline to the forest officials.
Forest officials confirmed it was a three-month-old jungle cat and appeared to be in good health. A medical examination will be carried out and he will be released into the wild, officials said.
Locals said a rumor had spread in the area that it was a baby tiger. This caused panic as they thought a tigress might also be nearby. They were relieved after it was confirmed it was a jungle cat and not a tiger cub.
A jungle cat (Felis Causeway), also called reed or swamp cat and jungle lynx, is a medium-sized cat found primarily in the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and southern China.
These carnivorous cats hunt small mammals like gerbils, hares and rodents. They also eat birds, fish, frogs, insects and small snakes.
The jungle cat is a critically endangered species listed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES, Appendix II). It is listed as a species in Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972.
Hunting or killing the cat is prohibited in many countries, including Bangladesh, China, India, Israel, Myanmar, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Thailand and Turkey.
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