A wild fishing cat was caught in Pathariadar village of Kamalasagar under the Sepahijala district of Tripura.

The wild cat was captured on Thursday.

Locals said the presence of the wild animal was observed after it continued to eat poultry in the Shantimura area of Pathariadar village.

To catch the animal, the locals placed a cage in the forest next to the house of a person named Ratan Baul.

“As expected, the wild cat got stuck in the cage last night,” a local said.

After it was captured, the wild cat was taken to the hospital at Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary.

Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary, located at Bishalgarh, is about 27 km away from Agartala.

A wildlife expert said it’s a fishing cat that is mostly found in South and Southeast Asia.

In India, wild fishing cats are mainly found in the mangrove forests of the Sundarbans, on the foothills of the Himalayas along the Ganga and Brahmaputra river valleys.

Despite threats, the fishing cat was downlisted to ‘Vulnerable’ from ‘Endangered’ in the IUCN Red List species assessment.

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