A rare samba deer, which entered Pakistani territory from India, has died after being attacked by wild dogs and later mistreated by some local villagers, Punjab Wildlife Department officials said on Tuesday. The deer, which is rare and has been listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list since 2008, entered Pakistani territory from the Kasur border (about 60 km from Lahore) on Monday and was injured by a packet. Wild dogs
Later, locals apprehended those who had abused it, officials said, adding that the sambar deer had died in a landlord’s outhouse who had not bothered to provide it with any medical care. A video clip on social media shows that the injured deer was mistreated by some villagers while trying to catch it.
Officials said they rushed to the village of Hawali Padianawali in Kasur on learning of the incident and took the dead deer into custody. We have transferred the deer carcass to the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore for autopsy, they said.
The department has also submitted an application to the Punjab police for abusing it and seeking legal action against the landlord in question. However, the police have not yet taken any action in this regard. In 2018, an Indian sambar was caught from Narowal village on the Indian border and transferred to Lahore Zoo Safari. Sambar is a large deer in the Indian subcontinent, South China and Southeast Asia.
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