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Bandhavgarh tigress enjoys second prey

The tigress, which was relocated to Satkosia from Bandhavgarh in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday night, had its second prey on Saturday night.

By Our Correspondent in Angul
  • Published 2.07.18
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Angul: The tigress, which was relocated to Satkosia from Bandhavgarh in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday night, had its second prey on Saturday night.

The tigress had preyed on a wild boar on Thursday night and took two days to finish it off.

Not only the tigress, but the tiger, which was brought from Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh and lodged in the enclosure since June 21, is getting a wild boar in two to three days depending on its consumption capacity, sources added.

After successfully translocating two tigers to the Satkosia Tiger Reserve here, authorities are now planning to bring another four from Madhya Pradesh by December in a phased manner.

One each will come from Kanha and Bandhavgarh, while two others will be from the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh.

The necessary permission to bring the tigers have been obtained from the Union ministry of forest and environment, National Tiger Conservation Authority and the Madhya Pradesh government.

The tiger and the tigress, which were lodged in the Satkosia enclosure on June 21 and 28, respectively, are in sound health, claimed additional chief conservator of forest, Angul, S. Panda.

"On Thursday, the tigress was given a prey which it consumed. Two days later on Saturday night it was provided with another prey. The two tigers are being given prey at regular intervals," he said.

"We are constantly monitoring the behaviour of this pair and will release them in the 1,000sqkm tiger reserve only when we are fully satisfied," Panda said.

The tigress had an arduous journey to reach here. It had to travel 780km from Bandhavgarh to Satkosia via Chhattisgarh. It took more than 24 hours to reach Satkosia. The eight and half feet long tigress weighs 134kg.

According to the 2016 census, Satkosia has two tigers. The count has remained unchanged since 2014. The addition of six tigers will push up the population to eight. In the 2008 census, there were 11 tigers at the reserve.