Visitors to Hyderabad's Nehru Zoological Park were in for a shock as a tiger escaped its enclosure in the zoo on Saturday.
The Royal Bengal tiger jumped off a 10 feet deep moat in the evening when it was being shifted to another enclosure, creating a scare among hundreds of visitors.
Zoo authorities swung into action to evacuate the premises and closed all the gates. After an hour long effort, the officials tranquilised the big cat and shifted it back to its enclosure.
The authorities heaved a sigh of relief as the tiger was caught before it could cause any harm. However, the incident sent panic among weekend visitors in the sprawling zoo.
Deputy commissioner of police V Satyanarayana visited the zoo and confirmed that no one was injured.
Zoo officials ordered an inquiry into the incident, which has raised questions about safety measures.
One of the largest zoos in India, Nehru Zoological Park is spread over 380 acres. The zoo, which celebrated its golden jubilee in 2013, is home to some of the most exotic birds and animals.
On an average, 15 lakh people visit the zoo annually.