Staff Correspondent

Madikeri: The tiger captured at Teralu village in Virajpet taluk of Kodagu on March 17, now recovering in Mysore zoo, will be named Brahma, Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF), Madikeri Division, B.B. Mallesh, said here on Wednesday.

Mr. Mallesh told The Hindu that permission had been sought from the higher-ups in the department to name the animal as Brahma since it had strayed into the villages from the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary in the district.

The tiger, which sustained injuries while trying to escape from the cage in which it was trapped, has been quarantined. It will be kept under observation for three months to ascertain whether it has any internal problems.

The animal must have been thrown out from the group owing to some difficulty, Mr. Mallesh said.

The tiger, aged about eight, was found to be one of the best breeds and it could be used for breeding in the zoo, Mr. Mallesh said.

Karnataka with 290 tigers was only second to Madhya Pradesh which has 300 tigers.

Restraint exercised by the residents of villages particularly when the animal was being shifted to the zoo, was laudable, Mr. Mallesh said.