2019.07.21 (SOS): Four Golden Jackal pups were found abandoned near a field in Barari village, Mathura. The helpless young jackals were rescued by Wildlife SOS and are currently under the care of NGO’s Animal Care Unit.
The sound of distressed cries drew the attention of the occupants of Barari village, who on further investigation were surprised to find four baby jackals huddled together amidst a field. Considering the safety of the helpless pups, they reported the incident to the Wildlife SOS 24-hour rescue helpline (+91-9917109666). This is owing to the years of efficient rescue and rehabilitation efforts carried out by the NGO across Agra and Mathura.
The rescue team thought it best to wait for the mother jackal to return for her missing pups, but despite hours of waiting, she failed to turn up. Since they are quite young, they were incapable of eating and surviving on their own, so a decision was made to transfer the four jackals to the Wildlife SOS rescue facility. Identified as 3 females and 1 male, the pups were estimated to be approximately fifteen days old at the time of rescue.
Baijuraj M.V, Director Conservation Projects, Wildlife SOS, said, “We tried our best to reunite the jackal pups with their mother but much to our disappointment, she was nowhere to be found. We suspect that she might have met with some fatal accident.”
Dr. S Ilayaraja, Wildlife SOS Deputy Director, Veterinary Services said, “The jackal pups were extremely weak and under immense stress at the time of rescue. Their chances of survival appeared bleak, so we put them in intensive care and treatment. Their condition has improved greatly over time, and the pups are growing stronger and healthier with each day.”
Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder & CEO of Wildlife SOS said, “We are happy to see that all four pups are exhibiting natural wild behaviour and have grown quite mischievous. Our dedicated team is ensuring that they receive the best care possible. They still have a long way to go but we plan on reintroducing the pups to their natural habitat once they reach a more adaptable age.”
The Golden Jackal, (Canis aureu) also known as the common jackal or Asiatic jackal belongs to the canidae family and is a native to the Indian Subcontinent. Jackals play an important ecological role and are valuable for the health of a habitat. Omnivores in nature, they feed on small mammals, insects, hares, fish, birds and fruits and often venture into human habitats in search of the same. This species is protected under Schedule II of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
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