July 7, 2020

Rescue two newborn jaguar pups in the central jungle of Peru

Two jaguar pups, known as otorongo in Peru, only two weeks old were rescued by the National Forest and Wildlife Service (SERFOR) from a house in the central jungle of the Peruvian region of Junín, given that it is a species threatened by illegal wildlife trafficking.

The puppies of otorongo were dehydrated and with digestive problems when they were found in a house of the Alto Chincarmas annex, in the district of Perené, in the province of Chanchamayo, in Junín, SERFOR reported Monday.

"On their own they cannot survive, they are very small, they have no teeth, and not having their biological mother they must be in human care to have a chance to live," said the director of Sustainable Management of Wildlife Heritage of the SERFOR, Jessica Gálvez-Durand.

The young were rescued with the support of the National Police and the Prosecutor's Office and will be referred to a zoo in Lima where they will have a special milk to feed.

The Forest Service will open an administrative proceeding against Samuel Pampañaupa, the person who allegedly took the puppies to the home where they were found, for committing a serious infraction against wildlife.

The jaguar is on the list of endangered wildlife species and it is a crime to acquire, sell, transport, store, import, export or re-export products or specimens of wildlife species, repressed with between three and five years in prison.

In Peru, it is common to hunt wild animals to sell them in illegal markets and on many occasions traffickers kill the mother of these species to sell their teeth or other parts that have international demand.

The jaguar is the largest feline in America and the third largest on the planet and was included in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which prohibits its international trade.

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