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Endangered ‘Nilgai’ found in Thakurgaon

  • Published at 08:42 pm September 5th, 2018
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This Nilgai was found on the bank of the Kulik River in Ranishankail upazila of Thakurgaon on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

The largest species of the Asian antelope, however, still resides in the memory of local people

Nilgai, an endangered animal of the Indian subcontinent, was found on the bank of the Kulik River in the Jaduzar area of the Ranisankail upazila in the Thakurgaon district on Tuesday.  

A villager, Abu Zahid, spotted it as he was fishing in the river and informed other villagers. 

Together, they managed to catch the animal and informed the Thakurgaon deputy commissioner, said Ziaur Rahman, a local journalist.

Older villagers identified the animal as a female nilgai, a nearly extinct type of antelope largely seen in the Dinajpur, Thakurgaon and Panchagarh districts of Bangladesh a few decades ago. 

The largest species of the Asian antelope, however, still resides in the memory of local people.

The females are reddish-brown while the males bluish-grey. Nilgai goes out in a herd on moonlit nights looking for grass or other type of food.

Thakurgaon deputy commissioner Md Akhtaruzzaman said the nilgai has been kept in the Dinajpur Ramsagor National Park.

The animal is being treated there since it was slightly injured while being caught.

Forest officer Mostafizur Rahman said the animal may have come from west Dinajpur of India.

“The rescued nilgai stands about 3.5 feet in height and 5 feet in length and it is pregnant,” said Mostafizur.