Baripada: An Indian pangolin which was rescued from a forest near Kuliana area under Baripada Forest Range in Mayurbhanj district gave birth to a pangopup this morning.
The endangered animal gave birth at the Divisional Forest Office (DFO) here at around 9.30 AM. The forest officials were delighted to see the rescued animal giving birth to a baby pangolin.
On October 29, Baripada Forest officials had rescued the pangolin and arrested four persons for their alleged involvement in the wildlife smuggling. Acting on a tip-off, the forest officials had conducted the raid in Kuliana area and rescued the animal weighing 18 kg from the forest. Since the animal was found pregnant by a veterinarian, the forest officials had not released it into its natural habitat.