Reared in wild, 3-year-old tigress released in MP's Satpura reserve

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Mar 25, 2015 15:47 IST

A three-and-half-year-old tigress that had been brought up in near wild conditions in an enclosure at the Madhya Pradesh's Kanha tiger reserve was released in the Satpura national park on Tuesday morning.

A radio collar has been put on the tigress for monitoring.

The tigress was rescued from Kisli area in July 2012 after she had been orphaned.

She spent the first few months in the intensive care of veterinarians after which she was released at a seven-hectare enclosure at Ghorela in Kanha National Park.

The tigress had minimal contact with human beings to avoid human imprinting and was allowed to hunt wild animals in the enclosure.

This is the third big cat reared in near wild conditions in the Ghorela enclosure to be released in the wild.

Earlier, two cats were released in the Panna National Park.

The tigress was tranquilised in her enclosure and transported by road to the Satpura tiger reserve and was released at 11am near Churna on Tuesday.

Teams monitoring the tigress said she was fine but had not made a kill as yet.

"Once the tigress makes a kill, we will know she has settled in her new habitat," said RP Singh, field director of Satpura National Park.

This is the forth big cat from other habitats to be released in Satpura.

Earlier, a tiger was shifted from Panna tiger reserve, while another tiger and tigress were brought from Bandhavgarh.

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