Three kangaroos rescued in north Bengal

Siliguri, April 2 : The north Bengal district’s forest officials have rescued three wounded kangaroos, who were possibly being freed by suspected poachers after they failed to traffic the animals elsewhere, official sources said on Saturday.Police and forest officials were in for a surprise when they recovered a kangaroo from a truck during a routine check of all vehicles atPakhriguri in north Bengal, on the Bengal-Assam border in mid March. The recovery of a kangaroo, an animal not found in the region or in theNortheast, has been reported probably for the first time in decades.Sources said the forest officials during patrolling rescued two wounded kangaroos from the Gajoldoba in Jalpaiguri district on Fridaynight. Another kangaroo was found near Farabari-Nepali area in Dabgram, also in the Jalpaiguri district. Forest range officer Sanjay Dutta of Belakoba under Baikunthapur forest division said they were trying to ascertain how the animalscame here.In mid March a kangaroo was rescued from a goods vehicle in Alipurduar district and two persons from Hyderabad were arrestedfor allegedly being involved in trafficking of the animal. XC-PC KK

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