Finally, wild tiger returns to Nandankanan
Bhubaneswar: The villagers adjacent to the Nandankanan zoo today heaved a sigh of relief as the wild tiger, which was apprehended to be roaming around the zoo areas after escaping from its enclosure, finally entered the tiger safari last night.
After much hue and cry over the great escape, the big cat has returned to the special enclosure at around 11. 50 pm last night, PCCF JD Sharma said. However, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) would decide whether the tiger would be kept in the Nandakanan or elsewhere, he added.
The six year-old male tiger which had entered the Nandankanan zoo on April 29, had escaped from the special enclosure on May 31 night after jumping over a 18 feet wire fencing. The forest official, after launching a massive search operation, had failed to trace the whereabouts of the wild cat.
The forest and environment minister Bijayshree Routray, who had visited the spot to review the situation, had given a clean chit to the NandanKanan officials. There was no negligence on the part of the zoo staff. The 18 ft fence is enough to prevent jumping of any animal, he had said.
On the other hand, denizens living in adjoining villages of the zoo were scared of being attacked by the animal as they apprehended that the tiger might sneak into the human habitation.