The rare Binturong, also known as bearcat, which was captured in Tahirpur upazila of Sunamganj on Tuesday, now is undergoing treatment at Bangladesh Wildlife Service Foundation in Sreemangal.
Sitish Ranjon Deb, chairman of Bangladesh Wildlife Service Foundation, said: “The rescued Binturong was brought to Bangladesh Wildlife Service Foundation on Wednesday. Veterinary Surgeon Dr Md Ariful Islam was taking care of the wounded bearcat.”
Ariful Islam said: “The bearcat’s head and neck was hurt badly. It will take nearly one month to heal.”
Dr Md Ali Reza Khan, in his book titled ‘Wildlife of Bangladesh’ said that Arctictis binturong was seen in Sylhet, Chittagong and Chittagong Hill Tracts areas earlier. Binturongs are robust animals, growing around 2-3 feet long (double if the tail is included) and weigh between 25 and 50 pounds. They are mainly carnivorous, but also eat fruits.”
Monjur Kader, president of ‘Pranidhikar’ an animal conservation organisation said: “Binturong is the largest species of the Viverridae, only rivaled by the African civet. They are found in the dense tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia across India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, and Malaysia to Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Yunnan in China, and from Sumatra, Kalimantan and Java in Indonesia to Palawan in the Philippines."
"Binturongs are secretive in nature and are not often spotted in the wild.”
He also said: “They’re currently classified as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, with populations declining more than 30% over the past 30 years. The main threats to Binturongs are habitat destruction, hunting, and the wildlife trade.”
Earlier, residents of Brahmangaon village under North Borodal union in Tahirpur upazila, Sunamganj captured the Binturong on Tuesday when it jumped off a tree being scared after seeing the villagers.
On information, Officer-in-Charge of Tahirpur police station Nandan Kanti Dhar and Assigned Officer of Doloichhari forest Saiful Islam rescued the animal from the villagers.
Later, it was sent to Srimangal Bangladesh Wildlife Service Foundation on Wednesday.
The animal will be released to Madhabpur forest in Moulvibazar after treatment, said Bangladesh Wildlife Service Foundation sources.