Pangolin succumbs to gunshot wounds

Updated January 25, 2016

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The pangolin was reportedly fired upon five times by a security guard who saw it as a threat to his life. – courtesy photo
The pangolin was reportedly fired upon five times by a security guard who saw it as a threat to his life. – courtesy photo

KARACHI: A pangolin rescued Saturday after being seriously wounded by a security guard near the Zamzama Park in DHA died at a veterinary clinic in Gulshan-i-Iqbal on Monday.

A statement issued from the Wildlife Department said the pangolin's dead body had been taken over by the department. Saeed Akhtar Balouch, Sindh wildlife conservator, had taken notice of the incident, it said, adding that legal action will be taken against offenders.

Read: Woman saves pangolin shot five times by security guard.

The statement said the pangolin weighed 22kg and was almost four feet in length.

The pangolin was reportedly fired upon five times by a security guard who saw it as a threat to his life.

Also read: Pangolins: Smuggled into extinction.

“The animal was already shot and injured near my home when I reached there with my family. I couldn’t identify the species as it had curled into a ball,” said Nuvera Nasir Sheikh, an Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture student, who had made an effort to find help to rescue the animal.

According to her, it took her four hours when help finally arrived during which the animal continued to bleed.

The animal was shifted to a clinic in Gulshan in the early hours of Saturday by Dr Ali Ayaz and his assistant, both veterinarians.

“It’s an adult male pangolin. I have little hope that he would survive as he has suffered extreme blood loss and damage to internal organs,” Ayaz had said.