Medak: A forest watcher took the responsibility to take care of a chowsinga fawn, which came out of Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary along with a herd of sheep three months ago. The shepherds handed over the fawn, which could hardly walk then, to forest officials of Medak district. The officials had left with no option to take care of it, as their efforts to trace the fawn’s mother went in vain.
Forest Range Officer Krishna Goud had handed over the responsibility of caring and feeding the fawn to Forest Watcher Roop Singh (45), who turned as a mother for it. The four-horned antelope, or chousingha, is a small antelope which has four horns, which distinguish it from most other bovids, which have two horns. The antelope is considered as rare since it was declared as a vulnerable wild-animal by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).
The fawn has made the forest office at Pocharam Deer Breeding Centre as its home since it was rescued. FRO, Krishna Goud said that the three-month-old fawn is keeping in good health which he attributed to Roop Singh. Since the day it was brought to forest office by shepherds, Roop Singh was feeding fawn with milk and he also started giving some healthy leaves to it on a regular basis.
Veterinary doctor Narsaiah regularly visits the fawn to check its health and growth. Chowsingas are extremely shy animal by nature. The forest officials named it as ‘potti’ (small). Divisional Forest Officer, Padmaja Rani said that they will put all out efforts to protect each and every animal living in the forest area. She appreciated Roop Singh and other staff at Deer breeding centre for their efforts in saving the Chowsinga fawn.