The tigress that escaped its enclosure in Indore’s Kamla Nehru Zoo, triggering panic among visitors, on November 27, was finally put back in her cage on Tuesday evening.
The 15-month old Bengal tigress was caught by zoo officials after a lot of scuffle as more than 100 visitors witnessed the incident.
“The cage from where the tigress had stepped out has been repaired and steel plates used on all sides to ensure that such incidents do not happen in the future,” said Uttam Yadav, the zoo in-charge.
The zoo officials reported that post her capture, the tigress had become extremely ferocious and was kept under observation by the zoo officials. “She had become a little aggressive after the officials caught her. We had a hard time calming her down,” said Yadav.
The initial inquiry suggested that the tigress had managed to scale 11-foot wall after a child waved a red balloon at her. The officials assumed that the tigress might have confused t the red balloon for meat.
It then sat in the buffer zone – a three feet gap between its enclosure and visitors walkway — and started playing with the balloon.
Though the zoo officials had stated that it was a rare occurrence, records suggest similar incidents in the past, where animals have escaped Indore zoo enclosures.
Though a final report in the incident is awaited, the officials are planning to raise the height of the wall.
Past incidents of animal escape in Indore Zoo
July 2006: Moti – a male elephant — broke its walled enclosure and created havoc in the zoo for over four hours. It injured a few mahouts too.
2011: Himalayan Bear scaled a 20-foot high cage. It was tamed and put back in cage only after three hours.
2014: A leopard was rumored to have escaped the zoo. It was spotted in CCTV footage near radio colony.
September 2016: Ghariyal offspring slipped out of zoo through Kahn River. It was rescued only a day later from Krishnapura Chhatri.