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14 November, 2017 08:58:14 AM

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4 leopard babies, lion cubs seized

Independent Online Desk
4 leopard babies, lion cubs seized
Police rescue two lion cubs and as many as baby leopards from a vehicle in Chanchra area on the outskirts of Jessore town yesterday. Independent Photo

The police seized four cubs of leopard and lion from Chanchra area on in Jessore town on Monday. The detainees are Rana Mia, 28 son of Mannan Bhuiyan of Narsingdi and Manjurul Alam, 32 son of Ashad Ali of Bogra.

Chanchra camp in-charge Syed Bayejid Hossain told that acting on tip off the police challenged a SUV at around 10:10AM in the morning and recovered the cubs.

The cubs were kept at the police custody. The OC of Kotwali police station AKM Azmal Huda said the cubs that were taken from Dhaka Uttara and were being sent to India through Benapole border.  

Earlier in 2012, Rapid Action Battalion rescued three Bengal tiger cubs after a raid in a house in Shymoli in Dhaka. The two-month-old cubs were captured from Sundarbans.

Two traffickers were arrested in connection with illegal wildlife trade. The trafficker’s son Zakir Hossain told the press that the cubs had been brought in for the then chief of wildlife section of the forest department. The official, however, refuted the claim and said he was not involved in any wildlife crime.

For trafficking and poaching the tiger population in the Sunderbans forest dropped to just over 100 in 2015 from an estimated 440. The exotic animals are poached for their colourful hide or skin.

According to World Wildlife Fund around 2,500 Bengal tigers found in the wild primarily in India and Bangladesh’s mangrove forest. The Sundarbans are increasingly threatened by sea level rise as a result of climate change.

KK

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