Civet Cat found inside South Delhi School, rescued by Wildlife SOS
An Asian Palm Civet was rescued by the Wildlife SOS Rapid Response Unit from SKV School, Pushp Vihar. The animal was kept under observation and was released back into the wild, shortly after.Tweet
-- An emergency call on the Wildlife SOS 24 hour rescue helpline (9871963535) alerted the wildlife rescue and rehabilitation NGO's Rapid Response Unit to the presence of a civet cat inside a classroom in Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, located in Pushp Vihar.
A member of the teaching staff was shocked to see a peculiar looking tail dangling from the ledge of a classroom and on further investigation; the animal was identified as a civet cat. The school authorities immediately contacted the local police who diverted the distress call to Wildlife SOS.
A three member rescue team was dispatched to the location. After a quick assessment of the situation, one of the rescuers climbed up a ladder to carefully extricate the rather unusual visitor.
The Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) also called a toddy cat, is a small member of the family Viverridae native to South and Southeast Asia. They can survive in a wide range of habitats and can be seen in urban environments, but quite rarely, as they tend to be shy and wary of humans. They are an omnivorous species that feed on fruits, berries, coffee beans, insects and small mammals. They are protected under Schedule II of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
A member of the rescue team said, "We had to be extremely careful while extricating the civet as we wanted to avoid startling it and causing further stress. The animal must have wandered out from a neighbouring forested area."
Geeta Seshamani, Co-founder of Wildlife SOS, said, "Often the plight of urban wildlife is dismissed because city dwellers consider them to be a nuisance and they are often met with hostility. We are glad to see that people are becoming more sensitized towards the presence of wild animals such as this civet cat, in the national capital region."
The civet cat was subsequently released in the Asola Wildlife Sanctuary.
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About Wildlife SOS
A Non-Profit Organization, Wildlife SOS is one of the largest rescue & conservation charities in South Asia. They operate ten wildlife rehabilitation facilities across India, including the world's largest Sloth Bear Rescue Centre and two Elephant Care Centres, with 24 rescued elephants under their care. Wildlife SOS runs tribal rehabilitation projects that aim to create alternative livelihoods for poachers and other indigenous communities that used to exploit wildlife for livelihoods. Additionally, they run a leopard rescue centre, a Wildlife Hotline in New Delhi and 'Forest Watch' which is an anti-poaching wildlife crime enforcement unit.