Mysterious Deaths Of Civet Cats At Rabindra Sarovar In Kolkata Spark Concern

In a puzzling series of events, the bodies of three civet cats have been discovered at Rabindra Sarovar, Kolkata, over the past two months. The regular visitors to the area are understandably alarmed by these incidents, prompting the authorities to take action.

The conservation watchdog, KMDA, informed by the 'Bird Watching Community' at Rabindra Sarovar, has raised questions about the safety measures in place for these rare and nearly extinct creatures.

According to reports, the civet cat carcass was found on February 4th, followed by another on the 21st of the same month. Recently, on Wednesday, another civet cat was discovered, adding to the growing concern and confusion surrounding the deaths.

Eyewitnesses like Tirathankar Roychowdhury, a frequent visitor to Rabindra Sarovar, described the distressing scene of the latest discovery. He noted that the civet cat's body was found near the safari park area without any visible signs of injury. Speculations about the cause of death vary, with age being ruled out as a significant factor due to the relatively young age of the Civet Cats.

Local resident Sudip Ghosh revealed a potential link between the increasing civet cat sightings in the nearby residential areas. He suggested that the civet cats might venture out in search of food, leading to conflicts with humans. Such encounters could result in fatal outcomes for the civet cats.

Additionally, concerns have been raised about the presence of stray dogs in the vicinity, which could pose a threat to the civet cats and exacerbate the situation. Anirban Chowdhury, an expert in wildlife, emphasised the need to monitor the dogs population within Rabindra Sarovar closely.

Authorities from KMDA assured that they are investigating the matter thoroughly and will take the necessary actions to address the concerns raised by the community promptly. However, the mystery surrounding the consecutive deaths of civet cats at Rabindra Sarovar persists, leaving residents and conservationists anxious for answers.

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