A red panda, rescued recently from a river in the Shi-Yomi district of Arunachal Pradesh, was released into the forest on Saturday.
A video of the red panda being released in the wild has gone viral on social media.
The video was shared by Ramesh Pandey, Indian Forest Service Officer on Twitter. In the 22-second-long video, the red panda can be seen in the cage.
The forest officials brought the panda in a cage and left it open for him to easily jump out.
After a little hustle and help from one of the officials, the panda finally jumps out and runs into the wilderness.
“Happiness of releasing of a rescued Red Panda in Arunachal Pradesh. A heart warming video before calling it a day (sic),” Pandey said in the Tweet.
— Ramesh Pandey (@rameshpandeyifs) June 26, 2021
The rare species of the animal was rescued from the Yargyap-Chu river in Mechukha subdivision of the district by Tony Mosing and Takar Kotin Mosu of Mechukha town.
They spotted the panda clinging to a log. The duo then handed over the red panda to the Mechukha Range Forest Officer (RFO) Tanga Murtem.
The exotic animal was released into the wild on Saturday morning.