A royal Bengal tiger that swam 120 km across the river Brahmaputra to a tiny island, has been released into the wild after a thorough health check-up. Indian Forest Service officer Susanta Nanda uploaded a video of the big cat being released into the wild on Sunday.
In a tweet, Mr Nanda wrote, “This tiger swam more than 50km downstream in Brahmaputra river to reach Umananda Island in Assam. Was captured & after a through health check up was released back into the wild at Nameri Tiger Reserve today. Well done team Assam. Source: FD.” In the video, the wild tiger is seen jumping out of a cage at the back of a car that has been left open and slowly disappears into the bushes.
Watch the video here:
This tiger swam more than 50km downstream in Brahmaputra river to reach Umananda Island in Assam. Was captured & after a through health check up was released back into the wild at Nameri Tiger Reserve today.
Well done team Assam. Source: FD pic.twitter.com/HWSTVoYh8c
— Susanta Nanda IFS (@susantananda3) December 25, 2022
The tiger swam a distance of 120 km across the river Brahmaputra and ended up on a tiny island before it was spotted. It was tranquilised soon after and moved to the state zoo. In a video that went viral, the tiger was seen speed-swimming in the Brahmaputra and then hiding in a narrow cave on the Peacock Island near Guwajati that is famous for the ancient Umananda temple.
A full grown Royal Bengal tiger is found swimming in middle of Brahmaputra River in Guwahati. Tiger is now taking shelter in a rock gap in Umananda Temple in middle of the river. To my surprise, if he came swimming from Kaziranga in Assam, then he has crossed 160 km! 🐯 🐅 pic.twitter.com/OhwIkq5T9H
— Inpatient Unit Khanapara (@Inpatient_Unit) December 20, 2022
Forest officials suspect the tiger strayed from the Oranga National Park located about 120 km from the island, which is a 10-minute boat ride across the Brahmaputra from Guwahati city. The animal was possibly swept away by the strong currents of the Brahmaputra while drinking water.
— Assam Forest Department (@assamforest) December 20, 2022
Amid panic among people on the island, a unit of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), which has a base nearby, was alerted, along with the local police. Forest department officials and a rescue team, including veterinarians, rushed to the spot in boats. No one was harmed as the tiger was tranquillized and securely removed from the island’s rocks. After a health check, the tiger was released into the wild.
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