GUWAHATI, Jan 12 � In yet another instance of wildlife straying into human habitation, a couple of full-grown sambars were rescued at Gobardhan near Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary on the city outskirts, and later sent to the Assam State Zoo in the city for treatment and recuperation.
The sambars apparently came out of the nearby jungles (not Pobitora), and some villagers tried to kill the animals.
�However, we managed to rescue the animals with support from a few benevolent locals. The male deer was a bit injured but the female one is unhurt. Both were sent to the State Zoo for treatment, and are recuperating there,� Mukul Tamuly, Range Officer, Pobitora, told The Assam Tribune.
Straying of wild animals in and around the city has been a common occurrence in recent years, with a number of those successfully captured and some getting killed by humans.
A Forest official said that diminishing forest cover in and around the city was largely responsible for the high incidence of straying animals. Many of the reserve forests right within the city�s municipal precincts have witnessed large-scale degradation and fragmentation of habitats, compelling the animals to wander out in search of food.
�The only positive development is that people in the city have enhanced conservation awareness, and this has resulted in successful capturing of many of the straying wildlife, including mammals, reptiles and birds,� he said.