Saswat Singhdeo

Angul: After multiple failed operations, tigress Sundari was finally tranquilised by a joint team of experts from Satkosia Tiger Reserve and Nandankanan zoological park today, confirmed Principal Chief Conservator of Forests(PCCF) Sandeep Tripathy.

The operation to tranquillise tigress Sundari had resumed day before yesterday with the help of kumki (trained) elephant ‘Jashoda’ brought from Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary. The elephant was accompanied by four mahouts and a team of forest officials.

Earlier, a team of experts from Madhya Pradesh had failed to capture Sundari.

The tigress brought from Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in June, was released into the Satkosia Tiger Reserve in August as part of the tiger relocation project.

But after the tigress allegedly killed two persons and a bullock in separate incidents in Baghamunda and Tainsi villages inside the tiger reserve last month triggering tension in the area, the State government had decided to capture the big cat and release it into Nandankanan Zoo.