Rangers seize endangered leopard cat advertised for sale

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The wild cat advertised for sale on Facebook. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre The wild cat advertised for sale on Facebook. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

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Gia Lai park rangers Thursday rescued a leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) from a woman who tried to sell it on Facebook.
Thuy Trang had posted earlier that day in a Facebook group with thousands of members in Gia Lai that she was selling the two-kilogram cat for VND5 million (US$225).
A person reported the case to Nguyen Nhi, deputy director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Park rangers, impersonating as potential buyers, met Trang and seized the wild animal.
She was also summoned for questioning.
It is unclear how she got the cat.
Nhi said park rangers are considering further action against her for trying to trade a protected wild animal. They will reintroduce the cat to the wild Friday.
In January a leopard cat was released in a nature reserve in Phu Quoc after it was caught by a man in Vinh Long Province.
Nguyen Van Day, owner of a canteen at the Vinh Long Community College, had managed to trap it after he found some animal had killed his chickens.

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