They rescued a Margay calf that they offered for sale in a house in San Vicente

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 | 7:29 p.m.

Members of the San Vicente UR-VIII Environmental Defense Division rescued this Tuesday at noon a Margay calf that was in domestic captivity in the home of a neighbor at kilometer 37 of Provincial Route 221.

The man was offering the animal for sale. Finally, he handed it over when the uniformed men intervened.

The fact was known through an anonymous phone call to the police unit, reporting that a man offered a wild cat for sale for a sum of about 300 thousand pesos.

When the patrol arrived, the policemen found the small animal tied with a rope to the property. In his defense, the owner of the property assured that he had found it in the middle of a lot in a rural area after some people carried out clearing tasks.

The felid was handed over to a park ranger at the Salto Encantado Provincial Park, where it will be temporarily sheltered until it can be reincorporated back into its natural habitat.

The Margay (Leopardus wiedii), also known as maracaya, yaguatirica, caucel or tiger cat, is an elusive feline, little known by most people in Argentina, it lives in the ParanĂ¡ Jungle and the Yungas. It is mostly crepuscular or nocturnal in habit.

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