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Search for missing tigress continues

A massive hunt is on in Tadoba tiger reserve in Chandrapur district, some 180 kms from Nagpur in east Vidarbha, to locate a tigress who sustained a leg injury while chasing a deer last week.

india Updated: Nov 18, 2010 02:08 IST
Pradip Kumar Maitra

A massive hunt is on in Tadoba tiger reserve in Chandrapur district, some 180 kms from Nagpur in east Vidarbha, to locate a tigress who sustained a leg injury while chasing a deer last week.

A team of veterinary doctors from Nagpur is trying to locate the 5-year-old tigress since Wednesday morning. The tigress was found injured in Mohrali forest range in Tadoba Tiger reserve on Friday last. She has three cubs.

The team, equipped with tranquilisers and medicine are now camping in the reserve for the necessary relief operation. The team has spotted the pugmarks of her cubs.

The state wildlife warden banned the movement of tourists in the area since Tuesday.

According to reports, a forest guard of the mobile squad of the Mohrali range first noticed that the tigress, which had given birth to three cubs five-six months ago, was injured. He immediately informed the field director, Vinay Sinha, who went with a team to the spot. The tigress was seen limping in the area with her three cubs.

"We have laid cameras at the location. We have also seen three cubs along with the tigress around a lake in the forest till Tuesday. However, the tigress was not spotted on Wednesday when the relief team was searching for her," Sinha informed.

The team wants to tranquilise the animal for treatment. If the tigress fails to get immediate medical help, her survival as well as that of its cubs would be in danger as she would be unable to hunt whilst injured.