The Nandankanan Zoological Park in India has put out an alert that it is missing one tiger. The five-year old feline, which wandered from the wilds into the Zoo in April, managed to scale an 18-foot tall wall in order to escape back into the nearby wilderness.
Zoo officials are afraid that local residents will panic if they see the wild animal so that have asked police authorities to alert every nearby village that a wild tiger is on the loose.
J.D. Sharma, the principal chief conservator of forest wildlife, told the Press Trust of India.
“The tiger escaped from the enclosure after jumping over the 18-feet-high wire fencing,” Forest and Environment Minister Bijayshree Routray said. “His pug marks are clearly visible on the walls of the enclosure
Routray said the big cat ran off into a nearby forest.
“We are sure to locate the tiger soon. It is not a man-eater or has ever attacked a domestic animal while coming to the Nandankan Zoo on its own,” he said.
Detective Chief Inspector Bob Qazi, of Cumbria Police, said: “It is vitally important that we discover what exactly happened in the big cat enclosure building that led to Sarah coming into contact with the tiger.
“I want to emphasize there is no suggestion of any foul play or any issue of suicide or self-harm from the enquiries we have made and evidence we have. What has become apparent from our enquiries is that Sarah was going about her routine duties and was in the staff section of the enclosure building, which animals are not allowed access to, when a tiger has entered it from an adjacent pen and confronted her.
“The tiger has then attacked Sarah, taking her from the building into the open-air external enclosure area where Sarah was left and later attended by staff and paramedics.
“We are still trying to establish exactly how and why the tiger has been able to get from the pen into the staff area and at the moment believe this to be because of a human or system error, or mechanical failing, or combination of both.”
When the tiger first wandered into the Zoo in the middle of spring, two camps developed as to what should be done with it.
One group of individuals said it was best to detain the animal at the Zoo so it could be used to breed additional tigers, while another group demanded its immediate return into the wild.
While it was in residence at the 12-acre safari portion of the Zoo for almost six weeks, the tiger ate heartily and made no attempt at escape.
Zoo officials sought the opinion of the National Tiger Conservation Authority over whether or not they should keep the beast, but the independent-spirited tiger obviously had other ideas as he thought it best to roam the forest once again.
Not the First Tiger Zoo Escape Recently
In April, a tiger briefly escaped from the Shrine Circus in Salina, Kan.
According to Yahoo News, no one was injured, but the tiger did give a woman a fright when the two found themselves face-to-furry-face in the ladies’ room.
According to the Salina Journal, Jenna Krehbiel had just finished watching the big cat show when she excused herself to visit the restroom. Around that same time, one of the cats managed to escape and wandered into the restroom ahead of her.
“I went in to use the bathroom, and a lady came in to get her daughter out and said there was a tiger loose,” Krehbiel told the Salina Journal. “I didn’t know it was in the bathroom, and I walked in the (open) door, which closed right after I had walked in. I saw the tiger; it was at most two feet in front of me, and I turned around calmly and walked back toward the door. Someone opened the door and said, ‘Get out.'”
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