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Rare Javan pangolin back to nature after special care in Ho Chi Minh City

Rare Javan pangolin back to nature after special care in Ho Chi Minh City

Friday, February 17, 2023, 18:01 GMT+7
Rare Javan pangolin back to nature after special care in Ho Chi Minh City
This supplied photo shows a Javan pangolin back to nature at the Dong Nai Nature - Culture Reserve in Vinh Cuu District, Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam, February 16, 2023.

A rare Javan pangolin was among 86 wild animals released into nature by the Ho Chi Minh City forest protection department on Thursday.

The Javan pangolin – a rare species of anteater – was handed over to the department by two men, who discovered it on a sidewalk in District 12 in October 2022.

A ranger receives a four-kilogram Javan pangolin from two men in District 12, Ho Chi Minh City, October 26, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

A ranger receives a four-kilogram Javan pangolin from two men in District 12, Ho Chi Minh City, October 26, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

The remaining 85 wild animals belong to 16 species, such as Bengal monitor, Asian water monitor, long-tailed macaque, pig-tailed macaque, Indian python, reticulated python, yellow-headed temple turtle, Mekong snail-eating turtle, elongated tortoise, giant Asian pond turtle, and Amboina box turtle.

This supplied photo shows wild animals transported in cages from the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station in Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City to the Dong Nai Nature - Culture Reserve in Vinh Cuu District, Dong Nai Province, February 16, 2023.

This supplied photo shows wild animals transported in cages from the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station in Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City to the Dong Nai Nature - Culture Reserve in Vinh Cuu District, Dong Nai Province, February 16, 2023.

All of them, which are classified as endangered and rare, had been voluntarily handed over by organizations and individuals to the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station in the namesake district, where they had received specialized care until Thursday’s release to the Dong Nai Nature - Culture Reserve in Vinh Cuu District, Dong Nai Province.

This supplied photo shows rangers opening a cage to release a Javan pangolin into the Dong Nai Nature - Culture Reserve in Vinh Cuu District, Dong Nai Province, February 16, 2023.

This supplied photo shows rangers opening a cage to release a Javan pangolin into the Dong Nai Nature - Culture Reserve in Vinh Cuu District, Dong Nai Province, February 16, 2023.

Last month, the Ho Chi Minh City forest protection department returned another 81 wild animals to U Minh Thuong National Park in southern Kien Giang Province.

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Bao Anh - Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre News

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