Pangolin rescued from smugglers and released into the forest in India

The forest department in India’s southeastern Cuttack city released a pangolin into the wild on Saturday, after rescuing the animal from smugglers. 

Officer Sasmita Lenka from the Cuttack Forest Department said the pangolin was in bad condition and was kept under observation before being released into the forest.

She added that 13 smugglers had been arrested over the past year in cases related to the smuggling of pangolins.

Pangolins are one of the most trafficked animals in the world. Their scales are used in traditional Chinese medicine. 

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