The Wildlife SOS on Tuesday responded to a panic-stricken call about a strange animal that was found in the residential colony of Vasant Kunj.
A boy while playing on the street spotted the animal hiding in the bushes. He quickly contacted the Wildlife SOS.
The Wildlife SOS rapid response team rushed to the spot and confirmed that the animal was a Common Palm Civet hiding in some bushes near the colony gate and was dehydrated. The baby civet was found in a pathetic condition with one leg severely injured and a wound on the ear.
The civet is currently under treatment and will be released into the wild after treatment.
“We assume that the civet had met with an accident. Delhi is home to such unique and endangered animals and we should all work hard to ensure that green area remains to provide these animals a cover and food,’’ said Geeta Seshamani, co-founder, Wildlife SOS .
Mostly a nocturnal animal from the Viverridae family and an expert tree climber, the civet cat looks like a cross between a fox and a cat, though it is not a member of the cat family. Kartick Satyanarayan, co-funder of Wildlife SOS, said, “Civets are completely harmless and largely nocturnal with an omnivorous diet, feeding on fruits and sometimes scavenging. They often find shelters in air conditioner ducts, attics, false ceilings and storm drains. It is the need of the hour to educate people more about wildlife conservation and habitat protection.”