People for Animals (PFA), Manipur rescued a Chinese ferret badger (Nungok) from Tentha Mayai Leikai in Thoubal district.
The Chinese ferret badger was found near a chicken coop at the residence of one Bramachari Rasi Devi on Monday night. The Nungok was handed over to PFA members after they rescued the animal.
PFA Manipur managing trustee L Biswajeet Meetei said that the ferret will be given treatment at their animal shelter as its nose was injured and will be set free at a safe place.
He said that the Chinese ferret badger is a rare species which is included in the schedule II of Wildlife protection Act and in the least concern of IUCN. The said species feeds on fruits, insects and small animals and it also helps in seed dispersal and in decreasing the numbers of insects.
On the other hand, a Checkered Keelback (Lilabob), which was handed over to PFA shelter from Waikhom Mani girls college, Thoubal campus, has laid eggs in the shelter when the members were taking up steps to set the snake free in the wild.
Biswajeet said that the snake will be kept at the shelter till the eggs hatch and it is believed that it will take upto 50 days for the eggs to hatch.
He also recalled that the same kind of snake species laid eggs at the PFA shelter for the first time in Manipur and has also given birth.
It may be mentioned that Checkered Keelback (Lilabob) is also included in the schedule II of Wildlife protection act. The said species helps in controlling the population of frogs and aquatic animals and it feeds mainly on birds.