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Killer tiger consumes food, struggles in zoo environment

Killer tiger consumes food, struggles in zoo environment

Mysore, UNI: The big cat was brought to the city from Kodagu after a 120-km journey on Wednesday. In its struggle to break free, it had got itself injured. However, the agitated wild animal finally consumed food today.

A seven-year-old tiger that created terror in
South Kodagu by killing cattle and later trapped by forest officials
is now struggling to settle down in a new environment at the Mysore
Zoo.

The big cat was brought to the city from Kodagu after a 120-km
journey on Wednesday.

In its struggle to break free, it had got itself injured. However,
the agitated wild animal finally consumed food yesterday.

Zoo Executive Director Vijay Ranjan Singh was a relieved man as
the tiger, which had reacted violently after being put in a cage by
hitting itself against the wall and losing a fang in the process,
was calmer.

”He ate twice and is battling to settle down in the new
environment. We are relived that despite being injured, he is
now doing okay.

”It is under severe stress as it had inflicted some wounds even
before it had been been caught, possibly fighting with another
tiger,” he said.

The official said administering antibiotics had become a problem
for the zoo vets.

The zoo had earlier treated a tiger belonging to Bandipur which
was badly injured and lost its limbs.

”We successfully treated it and it is now rehabilitated in
Bannerghatta Wildlife Sanctuary near Bangalore,” he said.

The tiger weighing more than 100 kgs was trapped in South Kodagu
by forest officials on Monday and brought to Mysore.

Straying from its habitat in Nagarhole National Park, it had
created terror among villages by killing 32 heads of cattle.

http://www.deccanherald.com/Content/Mar212008/city2008032158674.asp?section=scrollingnews

http://www.bigcatrecue.org
 
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http://www.worldwildlife.org/tigers/



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