Arunachal: Two flying squirrels rescued, released in D Ering Wildlife Sanctuary
By Maksam Tayeng
A resident of Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday displayed a sense of responsibility towards other creatures even as he stated that all creatures are part of the same ecosystem.
Mibom Pangging of Namsing village under Mebo Sub-Division, some 52 kms from Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh, released a pair of flying squirrels at Sibiyamukh Wildlife Range of D. Ering Wildlife Sanctuary (DEWS) on Thursday in the presence of Domek Koyu, Range Officer and other staff.
After releasing the two flying squirrels at Gul-Katoni area of Sibiyamukh Wildlife Range, Mibom Pangging said that he had rescued the squirrels from a fallen tree hole near his house in Namsing village.
“On seeing the flying squirrels, I caught them and decided to hand it over to the wildlife department, because if others find it, they will eat the squirrels," Pangging said.
On being informed, DFO Wildlife Tasang Taga directed Range Officer of Sibiyamukh to release it to the wild.
"I accompanied the Range officer and released the squirrels in DEWS today (Jan 28)”, added Pangging, who works as LDC in Namsing CO office.
Furthermore, Pangging appealed to the youth to love and protect wildlife for a healthy environment and better coexistence between humans and animals.
Meanwhile, Range Officer of Sibiyamukh, Domek Koyu, who received and released the squirrels at his range with the rescuer, appreciated the 'noble initiative' of Pangging and appealed to all others to do the same.
Flying squirrels are known for soaring anywhere from 150 to 500 feet, sailing from tree to tree to avoid ground predators—but they actually glide rather than fly.
There are about 50 species of flying squirrels ranging across most of North America down to Central America, and stretching from Southeast and Northern Asia into Siberia and Scandinavia.
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)