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Return of the Royal: Flood forces Kaziranga Tiger to take shelter in Agoratoli village

Monday’s incident was like a Déjà vu. Last year on July 18, a full grown Royal Bengal tiger was found lying on a bed at a house near NH-37

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A tiger in Kaziranga (Pic: KNP)

Guwahati: A sub-adult Royal Bengal Tiger has entered inside a goat shed of a villager in Kandolimari village under Agoratoli forest range of the Kaziranga National Park on Monday morning while fleeing flood water.

The village is located on the fringe area of the park.

Flood fury in the park has forced animals to flee to highlands and safer places looking for shelter. Over 95 per cent of the park area was underwater on Monday morning.

KNP Director P Sivakumar, said, “The sub-adult tiger has entered inside the goat shed to escape the flood. A committee is constituted to monitor the situation on a regular basis. Utmost care is being taken to ensure the safety of both people and the tiger.”

The Tiger taking shelter in Agoratoli Range on Monday (pic: KNP authority)

Already, the nearby areas and human habitat have been cordoned and people were asked to stay at safe distance. The villagers are cooperating with us, added the Director.

For locals, Monday’s incident was like a Déjà vu. Exactly a year back on July 18, a full-grown Royal Bengal tiger was found lying on a bed at a house near NH-37 that passes through the park area.

Forest department officials said that the tiger was tired and in trauma and therefore, the officials would wait till the dark to give the tiger a safe passage from the house to the forest.

The flash flood in the park area in the last couple of days has dealt a heavy blow to wildlife in Kaziranga where at least 47 animals have died so far in flood this year. Out of them 11 were killed by speeding vehicles passing on the highway.

Though park authorities have set a speed limit of vehicles passing through the park, hundreds of vehicles continued to flaunt the rules and hitting wild animals who were found crossing the highway looking for higher lands.

With the water level of Brahmaputra River rising constantly, out of the park’s total 223 forest camps, some 166 camps were inundated on Monday morning. Seven camps have to be vacated already.