A two-year-old tiger entered Mallapur Khurjia village in Pilibhit district in western Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.
Forest officials said the tiger strayed into the village from the surrounding forest area. Residents described the tiger as “calm” and did not attack.
The tiger entered house of Rajesh Kumar at around 7 am.
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“We all ran inside but my mother, who couldnt even see properly, ran towards the tiger to hit it with her stick. It was very calm and did not attack my mother. It just went to a corner of the verandah and sat there. When the villagers started gathering outside our house, he went inside one room,” said Rajesh.
Divisional forest officer (DFO) Kailash Prakash told The Indian Express that the forest department initially tried to lure the tiger out into a cage with a goat tied inside. But with a crowd around the house, the animal did not step out.
Eventually Lucknow Zoo officials tranqulised it and took it away to Mustafabad where it will released into the wild after it regains consciousness.