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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: The State forest department officials on Thursday rescued five bear cubs from the outskirts of the Capital City.

As per reports, the bear cubs were spotted by some locals in a cashew forest near Gangapada toll gate in the outskirts of Bhubaneswar.

The locals soon informed the Khordha forest department officials who rushed to the spot and rescued the cubs and later, shifted them to a safe facility.

While the officials are yet to ascertain how the cubs landed near the tollgate, involvement of illegal wildlife traders is suspected to be behind the same.

“As the cubs were found in iron cages, we suspect that someone might have left them in the nearby forest seeing the present police restrictions due to the COVID-19 surge. For the time being, we have fed them with glucose water and lactogen,” said Haladia Ranger, Jay Krushna Panda.

The cubs are 3-4 months old and it is suspected that someone might have brought them from Nayagarh or Ganjam area as such species of bear are not found here, he said.

“We have informed the DFO about the same and the cubs will be sent to the Nandankanan zoo,” said Panda adding that the matter will be probed whether they were being illegally transported for sale.

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