An Asian palm civet was rescued from the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) by the Wildlife SOS team on Saturday. The animal was found to be healthy and has been released back into the wild, said the team.
“The civet was safely rescued by the Wildlife SOS team, and after careful observation was found to be completely unhurt. It has now been released back into its natural habitat,” said Geeta Seshamani, co-founder of Wildlife SOS.
The animal was apparently found hiding behind a filing cabinet by a staff member at the School of Continuing Education at IGNOU. According to a press statement by Wildlife SOS, the staff member tried to catch the civet but the startled mammal darted off, wreaking havoc in the office. Subsequently, a call was made to Wildlife SOS.
A member of the Wildlife SOS rapid response unit, said, “The civet was obviously very scared. When we got to the scene, it was desperately looking for a way out of the room. We had to first calm down the people who had gathered to see the animal, to avoid disturbing it further. We were then able to safely catch it.”
According to Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder of Wildlife SOS, the Asian Palm Civet is a “small mammal that can survive in a wide range of habitats, but is rarely seen in urban environments as it tends to be shy and wary of humans”.