Bandhavgarh tigress reaches Panna

Bandhavgarh tigress reaches Panna

Express news service
Posted online: Mar 05, 2009 at 0252 hrs

Bhopal : A tigress from Bandhavgarh was finally translocated to Panna in the wee hours of Wednesday, ending a long spell of uncertainty that was caused by the unavailability of an IAF chopper. A four-year-old tigress was tranquilised and shifted by road to Panna in a desperate attempt to increase the tiger population in the park in Chhatarpur district.

Forest officials said they found it difficult to get an IAF chopper on time and decided to move the tigress by road, an alternative they had kept as a last resort.

The tigress was kept in an enclosure in Badgadi area of the Panna Tiger Reserve. It will be released into the wild after being monitored for a few days. The four-year-old tigress has been radio-collared and its condition is healthy.

Wildlife expert Dr Kamar Qureshi of the Wildlife Institute of India and park officials were present when the animal was tranquilised.

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