The mammal, which is an endangered species and looks like a cross between a mongoose and a wild cat, was spotted in the Parliament library building where it was rescued by a team of Wildlife SOS. The harmless civet was found hiding behind a TV set.

Following the rescue operation, the palm civet was given required medical care and was kept under observation.
The harmless creature when rescued was severely dehydrated, according to the Wildlife SOS officials.

"Civets belong to the Viverridae family and are arboreal creatures (tree climbers) who often find shelter in air conditioner ducts, attics, false ceilings," said Kartick Satyanarayan of Wildlife SOS.

Locally referred to as ‘kabr bicchu’, the palm civet is mostly nocturnal and lives on an omnivorous diet. It usually lives on fruits but also indulges in scavenging at times, the Wildlife SOS officials revealed.

"Delhi is very fortunate to be home to such unique and endangered wildlife and we should all be working harder to ensure that green areas remain to provide these animals with cover and food," said Geeta Seshamani, the cofounder of Wildlife SOS.

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