By Taniya Dutta
After hiding in the trench of a defunct rubber factory with broken claws for two months, an adult male tiger on the verge of turning into a man-eater was finally rescued by wildlife officials in India.
The three-year-old tiger, who has been named Fateh (Victory), had strayed into the factory in Bareily in Uttar Pradesh in northern India after a territorial fight with another tiger in February.
During the physical examination the tiger, weighing 175.5 kg, was found with broken, pus-filled claws, injuries on a paw and an ear and sustained a scratch on its forehead.
It took a team of forest department personnel and members of the Wildlife Trust of India and WWF-India nearly 10 hours to capture the elusive feline.
PV Jagmohan, the divisional commissioner said the tiger had the chances of turning into a man-eater because of his injuries that had aggravated.
He said: “He must have been hiding because it had lost its claws and it was difficult for it to survive in the forest.
“The operation started at 6 am and the tiger’s location was confirmed at around 7.30 am. Drone cameras and CCTV footage were used to confirm its position.
“As the big cat was hiding in a trench, it was difficult to tranquilize it. Our teams fired two shots from a height of 15 feet at the animal at 3 pm. However, it took more than an hour to lift and shift the tiger from the deep trench to a vehicle.”
The tiger is tended by veterinarians and forest officials said, since he is not fit to be sent to the forest, he will sent to Kanpur zoo.
The Synthetic and Chemical Limited Company, commonly known as rubber factory here, spanning nearly 1,200 acres, was closed in 1999. Over time, it has turned into a mini forest, providing a perfect habitat for the tiger.