Tiger body in river
Calcutta, Oct. 6: Tourists cruising down a Sunderbans river hoping for a glimpse of a Bengal Tiger saw one today, but it was dead.
The tiger’s body was found floating in the Bidya in Gosaba, some 260km south of Calcutta.
The tourists, on a motorised launch, alerted the crew who called officials at the forest department camp at Dobanki, 50km away.
A Sunderbans Tiger Reserve team arrived in about three hours and took away the “full-grown male” for post-mortem.
Officials said the place where the carcass was found was at least 100km from human habitat.
“We haven’t found any external injury marks. The post-mortem will reveal whether it was poisoned by poachers or it died of some disease,” an official said.
Reserve director Neeraj Singhal could not recall another instance of a dead tiger floating on a river.
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