Bhubaneswar: The straying wild tiger will stay in the Nandankanan zoo for the next two months on temporary basis, said Forest and Environment Minister Bijayshree Routray after discussing the issue with National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) team on Thursday. The minister however said that a decision will later be taken over its proper habitation. A radio collar will be put around its neck to track the big cat's movements, he added.
The wild tiger which sneaked into the zoo on April 29 and escaped from the enclosure later by jumping an 18 ft iron fencing and again entered the zoo, had created much hue and cry in forest department circle. The villagers of adjoining areas were panicked after the great escape. Though several search operation launched by the forest department and Nandankanan authorities failed to locate the animal, it entered the tiger safari on June 23 on its own.
The forest department then had sought the suggestion of the NTCA to decide the proper habitation of the big cat. The team which arrived here four days back was also reportedly mulling to release the animal in a suitable habitat following its visit to Satkosia tiger reserve in Angul district and Mahanadi Wild Life Division.