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Hyena found in Mandawar with critical injuries remains in veterinary care

By HT Correspondent, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON MAY 16, 2020 10:42 PM IST

A five-year-old male striped hyena, which suffered critical injuries after finding itself entangled in a wire snare trap on the outskirts of Gurugram village, underwent a two-hour-long surgery on Friday by veterinarians of a Delhi-based wildlife rescue organisation. The animal is under watch at Wildlife Rescue SOS’s transit facility in Gurugram.

The animal was found by locals in Sohna’s Mandawar village on May 12, and rescued by members of the NGO and the district wildlife department. Dr Abhishek Kumar Singh, veterinary officer, Wildlife SOS, said, “The hyena was severely injured by the wire snare. We were worried about internal haemorrhage. We treated the animal for deep lacerations and profuse bleeding from tongue and mouth. The snare could have been fatal. The hyena is currently under observation and we are administering painkillers and antibiotics.”

Mandawar, where the animal was found, is part of a known wildlife corridor which runs through the Aravalli mountain range from Gurugram to Sariska, in Rajasthan. Several leopard sightings from the area have been reported in recent years, with the most notable incident that of a leopard being beaten to death by locals in the presence of wildlife authorities in 2016.

Rajender Parsad Dangi, divisional wildlife officer, Gurugram, said, “We rushed the injured hyena to the Wildlife SOS Centre for urgent medical care. We will investigate the matter of the snare trap. The offender will be booked under the provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act.”

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