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In search of food in Sunderbans villages
In search of food in Sunderbans villages

Canning: Five tigers, apparently in search of food, have strayed into villages in the Sunderbans stretching across South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas districts of West Bengal in a week.

An adult tigress walked into a trap when it was lured by the bait of a goat at Netidhopani on Tuesday last, Sunderban Tiger Reserve (STR) officials said on Monday.

The tigress was found to be malnourished and unwell and was sent to the veterinary hospital at Alipore Zoo in Kolkata.

On Wednesday evening, a tiger entered the home of a villager Kartick Mondal at Hetalbari village in Chotomollahkhali area, the officials said.

The villagers bolted the house from outside and informed forest officials following which the animal was tranquilised and radio-collared before being released in the Khatuajhuri forest.

Another tiger walked into a cage which was set up to trap the tigress in Netidhopani area.

The tiger which was five years old was radio-collared and released in the Netidhopani forest. On Saturday, a tiger was spotted at Jamespur and adjoining Annepur villages which killed four cows and four goats before being trapped. It was released on Sunday in Tirkhali forest, the officials said.

The same night, another tiger appeared in Kalitala village after swimming across a canal from Jhila forest in Shamsernagar of North 24 Parganas district.

The tiger killed four goats before it was trapped, the officials said.- PTI


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