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Mating calls lure tiger to Orissa zoo,NTCA wants it released

The Orissa forest department is holding on to a wild tiger that strayed inside Nandankanan Zoo over a week ago,saying they don’t know its original habitat and therefore cannot release it.

The Orissa forest department is holding on to a wild tiger that strayed inside Nandankanan Zoo over a week ago,saying they don’t know its original habitat and therefore cannot release it.

Sources in the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA),however,said Nandankanan authorities planned to use the tiger for breeding inside the zoo,which was illegal. NTCA has asked Chief Wildlife Warden J D Sharma to immediately release the tiger.

Nandankanan authorities claim the tiger,a seven-year-old male,jumped over the wall of the zoo on the night of April 29-30 upon hearing the mating calls of females inside. Sources,however,said the tiger,which had been seen loitering in the area,entered through the gate of the enclosure that had been deliberately kept ajar.

A senior NTCA official said,“A wild tiger can’t be held in captivity. They say it strayed into the zoo. But if the tiger could jump inside,zoo tigresses could have jumped out. Which means the arrangements are not foolproof.”

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First published on: 08-05-2013 at 01:38 IST
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