In fresh twist to tiger tale, the wild big cat on Sunday was caught and shifted to the same enclosure, where it had been kept before fleeing Nandankanan.
The team of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), which visited both the zoo and Satkosia tiger reserve to take a decision on the tiger, felt that the big cat should be kept at the zoo for two more months. “The wildlife authorities don’t want to upset the wildlife activists, who are in favour of releasing the tiger into its original habitat.
By taking a decision to keep the tiger in the zoo for two months, the wildlife authorities are buying time to ensure that the row settles down,” said retired DFO (wildlife) and activist Akshaya Patra.
The wildlife activists have also come out with another reason to keep the tiger in the zoo – neither the NTCA nor forest department until now has been able to ascertain its native. “There is no proof to suggest that the tiger came from Satkosia or Similipal,” said an official on condition of anonymity.