December 3, 2021

Assam: Red kangaroo, Aldabra tortoises, other exotic wildlife rescued from smuggling racket

A red kangaroo, the largest of all kangaroos in Australia, and three pairs of hyachinth macaws, native to South America, are among the exotic animals rescued after forest department officials busted a smuggling racket at the Assam-Mizoram border on Tuesday night.

The rescued animals, which also included three rare Aldabra tortoises and two capuchin monkeys, were found packed in plastic boxes and cartons in a vehicle that was stopped at a checkpost in Assam’s Cachar district, authorities said.

Two people, Narsimha Reddy and Navnath Tukaram Daigude, have been detained in connection to the case. The animals, now at the Cachar Forest Department office, will be transferred to Assam State Zoo in Guwahati.


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