-Input from Prateush Muraleedharan
The above photo is that of a civet which was rescued from a house near Aluva, Kerala. He was under fed
and confined to a small cage. The owners were afraid of him and were not able to release him because
they owned a chicken farm and feared for the life of their chicks. When they contacted Prateush, he
immediately went to collect him and handed him over to Kodanadu forest range where he is being nursed
back to health.
Pratheush k Muraleedharan (age 21) is a wild life enthusiastic and a wild life rescuer for past many
years. He has been engaged in snake rescuing and wild life rescuing for past 5 years. He rescues both
venomous and non venomous species from human populated area and release them to the forest with the
help of the forest range office located nearby.
He also rescues exotic illegal pets from various people’s houses and try to educate them about the
various aspects of wildlife trade and the importance of the sustenance of various wild life species
in his locality. He was an aeronautical engineer by profession with Mesco airlines, Mumbai but always
knew that his life rested with animals, so he resigned.
Now he is engaged in animal husbandry in his own property. Presently he owna an ornamental fish farm
and a small kennel. He has experience with almost all venomous and non venomous species of snakes,
along with various other animals like Asian palm civets and exotic birds.
See a youtube video showing the hapless civet in the cage at the following link