Flood fury forces Kaziranga tiger to relax in bed

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Images of the tiger created a buzz on social media

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, July 18: Images of a fully grown tiger ‘relaxing’ on a bed inside a house-cum-shop in flooded Kaziranga National Park created a buzz on social media, bringing under spotlight the plight of animals in the state battling a deluge.

The pictures of the Royal Bengal Tiger on the bed at a shop at Harmoti near Bagori range of the World Heritage Site along National Highway 37 were widely shared on social media after the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) posted it on Twitter.

“The tiger was spotted next to the highway at 8:30 am, moving from the park, just 200 m away, on its way to Karbi hills about 500m across the national highway. Probably disturbed, he jumped across the wall of a scrap garage & took refuge in the dark room,” WTI tweeted.

“The tiger has entered a house and is relaxing on a bed. #AssamFloods bring in unusual guests!”

“#JustIn our vet @samshulwildvet is making plans with #AssamForestDepartment  @kaziranga_ to tranquilise the #tiger”, the WTI said.

“Our vet @samshulwildvet is on a mission to tranquilise this #tiger to get him out of bed!” the organisation which is cooperating with the state’s forest department in the massive efforts to save wildlife during the flood, said in a series of tweets.

Locals told reporters the tiger entered the shop of Rafikul Islam at around 7 am and was noticed relaxing on his bed. Over 95 per cent of the Park is submerged, rendering animals shelterless and forcing them to look for refuge in human habitations.

KNP Bagori Range Officer Pankaj Bora, however, said the tiger was not being disturbed and only its movement was being monitored. Forest officials are waiting for the animal to leave on its own.

As the animal refused to leave the safe haven for several hours, foresters burst firecrackers, forcing it out into the jungle. (With PTI input)

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