MIRI: Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) has praised a man for rescuing a wounded pangolin in an urban area and alerting the authorities.
SFC chief executive officer and wildlife controller Zolkipli Mohamad Aton said such attitude towards animals deserved to be acknowledged and praised.
"Our SFC office in Miri received a call from a man in a housing estate. He said he found a pangolin wandering in the streets near his house.
"It was wounded. He rescued it, took it home and immediately called our Miri SFC office to go to his house as he wanted to surrender it.
"The pangolin has been taken to a SFC sanctuary in Miri and will be nursed back to health and then released back into the forests.
"This kind-hearted man did the right thing and we in SFC thank him for being a good citizen," Zolkipli said on Wednesday (July 22).
Anyone who finds any wounded or stray wild animal must surrender it to the nearest SFC office in their area.
"They are not allowed to be kept as pets. They must be left in their natural habitat in the forests," he said.
Members of the public who have information on those who capture, hunt, trade, keep or abuse wildlife can call the SFC hotlines. Those who have found wounded wildlife or wildlife that have strayed into their homes or public places can also call the hotlines.
The SFC hotlines are in Kuching (019-8859996, 013-8110150), Sibu (019-8883561), Bintulu (019-8223449, 019-8332737) and Miri (019-8224566, 019-8290994).
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