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WATCH YOUR BACK! The wild bison that was brought to the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park from a village near Rajahmundry . Photo: K.R. Deepak
WATCH YOUR BACK! The wild bison that was brought to the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park from a village near Rajahmundry . Photo: K.R. Deepak

Nivedita Ganguly

Weighing in at a tonne, the males have a formidable appearance

VISAKHAPATNAM: The huge and majestic bison makes his anger for his new home evident with his aggressive movements. After straying into a village near Rajahmundry and causing havoc by injuring many villagers, the wild bison was rescued and brought here to the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park last week.

The five-year-old male bison is currently kept in a separate enclosure due to the regular fights with the existing male bison in the zoo.

"It's aggressive"

"It's a very aggressive animal," says the keeper. He cautiously opens the gate keeping an eye on the movements of the bison roaming outside and puts food from the wired mesh for the restless new member. "We have to be very careful while feeding them. You won't realise that the animal has come near you until he attacks you from behind," he says. Weighing over 1,000 kg, the males have a highly muscular body with a distinctive dorsal ridge and a large dewlap, forming a very powerful appearance.

The zoo officials have been experiencing a harrowing time during the last few days in trying to maintain peace between the two angry bison. "Since it's a wild gene, the animal will take some time to adjust to the surroundings," zoo curator B. Vijaykumar says.

Large-scale habitat destruction is the primary cause of wild animals straying into human habitats. "Most people get very nervous to see the animals and in the absence of any trained personnel, they mishandle the disturbed and lost animals and hit them. As a defence technique, the animal becomes more aggressive and sometimes the tussle may even lead to deaths," he adds.

Because of its huge size and power, bison becomes quite dangerous when wounded or angry. "Even a tiger would avoid taking on such an animal."


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