TEZPUR-TAWANG Highway | May 30 | A Red Panda, which comes under endangered animals category, accidentally found itself in the inhabited area on Tezpur-Tawang Highway, and was rescued by Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) on Tuesday last.
The Red Panda, after it was being chased and attacked by stray dogs, was rescued by SSB troops led by AC Anjani Kumar Tiwari with the help of local villagers.
After confirming the species by forest authorities, the Red Panda was taken to a safe location and released in the forest.
Red Panda’s habitat majorly lies in Eastern Himalayas.
The Red Pandas’ population has been declining due to loss of nesting trees and bamboo, leading to clerance of their forest home. Besides habitat loss, poaching and inbreeding depression are other reasons for population loss.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has classified the Red Panda as Endangered due to its wild population being estimated to be less than 10,000 mature individuals. (ANI)