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Wednesday , October 27 2021

‘Extinction’ threatened porcupine reappears in Kuwait

‘Desertification, excessive hunting’

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 1, (KUNA): Porcupine, a wild animal threatened with extinction locally, has been spotted between the regions of Al-Ratqa and Al-Shagaya, the head of the Kuwait Environment Lens team Rashed Al-Hajji said on Saturday.

The wild porcupine spotted in Kuwait

Al-Hajji told KUNA that the animal had disappeared over the past years due to “desertification and excessive hunting.” Some porcupines used to exist in Kuwait and after disappearing for years, they have reappeared due to establishing natural reserves.

The team has taken shots of the animal at night time in Al-Shagaya, the country’s top natural reserve, he said. Kuwait has established natural reserves as part of efforts to safeguard the environment. It had been reported that some migrating birds settled in the country due to available food and water at the reserves.

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