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Endangered fishing cat mistaken for tiger cub causes panic in Panchagarh

  • Published at 11:11 am August 17th, 2021
Photo shows the rare fishing cat captured by locals in Gafipara village of Boda upazila in Panchagarh on Monday, August 16, 2021 Collected

The feline is now under the care of the Panchagarh Forest Department

An endangered fishing cat, also known as Prionailurus viverrinus, was captured in a Panchagarh village on Monday.

Locals first spotted the animal at a tea garden in Gafipara village of Kajal Dighi Kaliaganj union under the district’s Boda upazila around midday. 

The sighting caused panic among the locals as they thought it was a tiger cub. They, however, manage to catch it soon after.

Local forest officials and veterinary experts later confirmed that the trapped feline was in fact a rare fishing cat, colloquially called a “Baghdasha.”

Confirming the matter, Madhusudan Barman, a Social Forestry official at Debiganj, said the animal was first handed over to the Border Guard Bangladesh troopers at their Danakata Camp. 

Later, it was sent to the District Livestock Office at Sadar upazila for further examination, said Subedar Kamruzzaman of the camp.

Dr Mariam Rahman, the veterinary surgeon at the upazila Livestock Office, also confirmed that the captured animal was a fishing cat.

She said: “This animal is locally known as ‘Baghdasha.’ We provided treatment to the cub as it had injuries in its throat.”

Afterwards, the BGB troopers took the animal to release it into the wild again.