On Saturday, a wildlife protection team and forest officials near the Beki River in Barpeta along the national highway rescued a live Chinese pangolin.
Two people were arrested in connection with the rescued animal by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) and the forest team. Mafizuddin and Sanjay Kumar, both residents of Barpeta, were detained. The Chinese pangolin may be found in northern India, northern Southeast Asia, and southern China.
The IUCN Red List has classed it as Critically Endangered since 2014, since the natural population is believed to have dropped by more than 80% in three pangolin generations, or 21 years. It is one of the most trafficked wildlife species in the world, and it is threatened by poaching for the illegal wildlife trade.