Tiger escapes from enclosure at Van Vihar National Park

June 08, 2022 12:00 am | Updated 05:36 am IST - bhopal

Tourists were evacuated from Van Vihar National Park in Bhopal city, after a tiger went missing from an enclosure on Tuesday, an official said.

The big cat named Shaurya, aged six to seven years, was out of the enclosure for about six hours and was rescued after being tranquilised, the official said.

On getting information that the tiger had gone missing from the enclosure, tourists were safely evacuated from the Van Vihar campus around 10 a.m., park’s director H.C. Gupta said in a statement.

Teams were deployed at different places to prevent the tiger from venturing out of the national park, he said.

Found in deer enclosure

After closing both the entrances of Van Vihar, the search operation was started and later one of the teams found the big cat sleeping under a tree in the enclosure of swamp deer, Mr. Gupta said.

The park’s veterinarian Dr. Atul Gupta and a team tranquilised the tiger and sent it back to its enclosure, he said.

Prima facie, it appears that the big cat managed to exit its enclosure, as the zoo keeper had left the gate open, Mr. Gupta said.

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