Arunachal: New homes for three civet cats at Itanagar Zoological Park
Mongol Yomson, a dynamic young leader from Pasighat who also contested as the MP candidate from Eastern Arunachal Parliamentary Constituency handed over three great Indian Civet to Zoological Park at Itanagar on December 18.
Mongol Yomso said that his team of workers had found the three Civet cubs somewhere near Ayeng village under Mebo Sub-Division four months ago.
“As soon as I was informed about the three Civet cubs, I took over the cubs to raise them and then informed the Divisional Forest Officer, D. Ering Wildlife Sanctuary Division, Pasighat Tasang Taga, who requested me to release the cub in the sanctuary. Fearing that the cubs might get killed by other wild animals like Fox, Wild Dogs or Leopard in the sanctuary, I asked if the DFO could release the animals in a much safer place.”
On getting permission from the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest and Wildlife to transport the animals via Assam, Yomso with his three Civet cubs were seen off by DFO Wildlife, Tasang Taga along with other officials.
Yomso appealed to the public, especially the Tani clan communities to refrain from hunting.
“We from Tani clans are mostly hunters by tradition because of which we eat all the animals except few which is leading to extinction or near to extinction of many wild animals and birds. Hence, we also need to change ourselves with the passing of time for the greater good of the environment," said Yomso.
Tasang Taga, DFO Wildlife appreciated the kindness of Yomso and said, “This will inspire others and many like Mongol Yomso must come forward to save wildlife as large population of wild animals are rapidly depleting and some are near to extinction due to excessive hunting practices of our people in the name of traditions and culture including many others for commercial purposes.”
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)