After the sand cat was freed from the trap and transferred to get medical care, all traps set in the region were ordered destroyed.
The environment police in Khvaf [a town in Khorasan Razavi Province] have acted swiftly on a report that a sand cat has been caught in a trap to capture houbara bustards alive in Sirkhoun Protected Area and rushed there to set the entrapped cat free.
According to the website of Iran Environment and Wildlife Watch (www.iew.ir), after medical examinations which gave the sand cat a clean bill of health, the feline was released in the wild within a day. After the rescue operation, the environment police destroyed all the traps set by poachers in the region. The following is a photo gallery which features the rescue of the sand cat caught in the trap: