A huge Bengal tiger breaks into a stable and is stuck for 8 hours

A huge Bengal tiger stuck in a stable for eight hours has been rescued by forest officers.

Villagers in Etah district, Uttar Pradesh (UP) state, India found the female tiger resting in the shed after climbing through an opening in the roof.

The Bengal tiger is one of the largest cat species in the world. They generally avoid humans, but have been known to attack if they sense their territory is threatened.

Footage from the rescue shows the UP Forest Department and a Wildlife SOS Rapid Response Team arriving on the scene to rescue the tiger. Thousands of villagers can be seen gathering around the stable to watch the tense rescue operation. Rescue teams secured every corner of the shed and local police ensured villagers were kept at a safe distance.

For 8 hours, the rescuers removed one by one the bricks of the shed in order to be able to locate the tigress and tranquilize her from a safe distance. Once she was tranquilized, the tiger was carefully lifted out of the shed and into a transport cage.

A medical evaluation revealed that the tiger had a minor tail injury, which was treated at the scene. She was then transported to the Etawah Safari Reserve for treatment.

Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS, said Newsweek the tiger had wandered out of its forest habitat, but rescuers don’t know which reserve it came from.

The tiger was trapped in a chow shed in the Etah district

S. Ilayaraja, Deputy Director of Veterinary Services at Wildlife SOS, said in a press release that it was “quite a difficult operation”.

“The tigress was stuck inside a shed and we couldn’t see her clearly. It took us several attempts before the tigress was brought to a safe rest,” Ilayaraja said.

A few years ago, tigers in India were near extinction due to poaching threats. But following conservation efforts and goals to protect the species, the country is now home to more than half of the world’s tiger population. According to government figures from 2019, there are now nearly 3,000 wild Bengal tigers in India, a 33% increase since 2014.

India has expanded its tiger reserves across the country to support the population, but many are near villages. As the population has grown, conflicts between tigers and humans have increased.

While sightings of tigers in urban landscapes are rare, increasing numbers of wildlife are coming to villages in search of food as villages expand into their habitats.

Satyanarayan said in a press release, “The sighting of a tiger in such a densely populated area is an alarming reminder of the rapid habitat degradation threatening these majestic felines. our responsibility to protect the species and avoid human-wildlife conflict. We are grateful for the hard work of the entire rescue team that made this operation a success.

After the tiger was tranquilized, rescuers pulled it safely out of the shed.


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