posted on 10/10/2012: 619 views
An Emirati teacher in Ras Al Khaimah had the surprise of his life when he found and captured a wild animal on his farm after it had attacked chicken and sheep.
The teacher, Adel Abd Allah Naqi, caught a mongoose and trapped it in a cage hoping that a local zoo would adopt it. After contacting some zoos, they asked him to either deliver the animal himself or set it free. However, as the mongoose is an untamed animal, the process of delivery would be tough and dangerous for Naqi. If set free, it would be challenging to capture again, especially since it had taken several days for the mongoose to fall into the trap.
"I started to notice that some of the chicken and sheep in my farm were disappearing so I thought it might be a wild cat or a dog,” Naqi recounted. "As more and more of the chicken were disappearing, I started to think that there could be a wilder animal so I set up a trap for it.”
Naqi, whose farm is located in an area called Al Shaghi, has been seeking help from professionals that take care of such animals.
Mongooses are carnivorous animals that feed on insects such as beetles but are also known to attack snakes including the venomous cobra. They are mostly found in mountains and their size ranges from 18 to 60 centimetres with a tail that is approximately as long as their bodies.
Wildlife expert at the Dubai Zoo, Dr Ridha Khan, explained that there are two species of mongooses; the grey and the white-tailed. The latter is very much local to the UAE.
"A mongoose's bite may cause rabies. This also applies to the bite of other animals such as foxes, cats and dogs especially if it penetrates the skin,” Dr Khan warned, adding that such animals should be handled with a lot of care.
Upon contacting him regarding the mongoose in Ras Al Khaimah, Dr Khan volunteered to take it and provide care for the animal. – Gulf News
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