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.
My heartiest congratulations to the forest officials of Cachar Forest Division who have successfully tracked down & seized an illegal consignment of endangered exotic species including macaws, kangaroo & monkeys enroute to Guwahati. We are alert & active 24X7 to curb such trades pic.twitter.com/PbeeFxgHLG
— Parimal Suklabaidya (@ParimalSuklaba1) July 29, 2020