A Palawan pangolin (Manis culionensis) was rescued Saturday by authorities in Barangay Sta. Lourdes that was trapped in a tree after trying to evade locals hounding it.
The Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS), in a statement issued Sunday, said that a certain Kathleen Escosura called the environmental authorities to rescue a pangolin that was marooned in a tree.
“It was said that the critically endangered animal was chased away by local residents until it climbed up a tree. Escosura then contacted the PCSD staff for its immediate rescue,” the statement said.
The pangolin, which was dubbed as the world’s most trafficked mammal, weighed 5 kilograms. It was later released in an undisclosed location on the same day.
Pangolin was recently linked to being a carrier of the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19) due to its prolific trafficking for its continued demand in the exotic food market, according to certain reports.
The “shy mammal” was classified as “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and listed in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) banning their commercial trade.
The PCSDS asked the public to report wildlife concerns through the PCSDS hotline at 0935 116 2336 (Globe/TM) and 0948 937 2200 (Smart/Talk N Text) or by sending a direct message on their official Facebook page at http://facebook.com/pcsd7611,