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Authorities say animal rescues up in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The Department of the Environment reported an increase in the rescue of wildlife, among which they say, boas, opossums, coatis and pelicans stand out.

The coordinator, Crissiel Chico, reported that during last year, 217 specimens were attended to, and that so far this year, there have been 253 public requests for animal help.

“We have notable increase with opossums since a mother can have from 10 to 15 young,” he explained adding that this year, they have also rescued 19 coatis and 11 boas. He says that injured animals are provided with medical attention before being released.

To the list this year is also 61 reptiles, which he says, have been relocated. Stray cats and dogs found injured are also part of their animal rescue figure, he says, adding that some of the wild animals tended to have been run over by vehicles.

Chico mentioned that Playacar, Ejido, Centro, Mission de las Flores and the Puerto Aventuras delegation are where they are hit most. “The specimens that have been run over the most are coatis and opossums,” he pointed out.