A tigress fled from its enclosure in Indore’s Kamla Nehru Zoo triggering panic among visitors on Sunday evening. After about an hour’s struggle, the tigress was caught and put back in its cage, confirmed zoo officials.
The incident took place at around 5:30 pm when a few visitors spotted the tiger coming out of its enclosure and raised alarm. While many visitors managed to get out in the ensuing panic, about 100 of them were stuck in the hospital inside the zoo.
Immediately after the alarm was raised, zoo and forest department authorities swung into action.
City Municipal Commissioner Manish Singh immediately rushed to the zoo to take stock of the incident. He said, “Some visitor is said to have thrown chewing gum at the tigress, which could have infuriated the animal.” The tigress managed to slip out of the iron mesh from underneath, he added.
A search operation was started with search lights and after about an hour, the animal was caught and was put into cage.
A source said the enclosure where tigers are kept is meant for hyenas and several escape attempts have resulted.