The Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) has sent a team of two veterinary doctors to tranquilise a young tiger,which has strayed out of the Pilibhit forest and attacked a man in Daiya village today.
The two-and-a-half-year-old male has been roaming in Pooranpur town area of Pilibhit district for the last eight days. Though it is known to have killed animals till now,this is its first attack on humans,said A K Singh,Divisional Forest Officer,Pilibhit.
The incident took place at 2.30 pm when Darbari Lal (35) was working in his field,said Singh. He was accompanied by his younger brother,who raised an alarm when the big cat attacked Darbari. It is difficult to say why the tiger attacked a human. He might have mistaken him for an animal,because it did not stay there after the attack but ran away, said Singh.
Singh said that Darbari,who suffered injuries on his head,back,hands and legs,was immediately rushed to the nearest Primary Health Center,where he was treated and sent back home. Singh added that once the report of the attack is submitted,Darbari may also be eligible for a compensation.
The tiger is believed to have strayed from Mala River Forest Range in North Pilibhit forest area because of the heat around July first week. We are trying to scare the tiger into the Haripur range by lighting fires and bursting crackers near the village. Meanwhile,a team of officers is also arriving in Pilibhit tomorrow from WTI to tranquilise the beast, said Singh.
Ashok Kumar,Vice-Chairman of the WTI,told The Indian Express that the team of veterinary doctors was delayed because of non-availability of propellant gas cylinders of the tranquilising guns.