Docs give second life to this tiger
9 May 2009, 0423 hrs IST, Anindo Dey, TNN
JAIPUR: It was yet another first for the state forest department that successfully captured and treated a wild male tiger of the Ranthambore national park before releasing it out again into the forest.
The tiger that had sustained serious injuries in its right front paw that may have otherwise resulted in its death. But on Friday the tiger made its way to the dense forest after having spent some days in the Chirikho area.
"This is the first recorded incident of its kind in Rajasthan. Never before has a wild tiger been successfully treated for its injuries," Rajasthan's chief wildlife warden R N Mehrotra said.
However, the official recalled a similar attempt years back when another tiger from the Ranthambore national park was being treated for its injuries in the eye at the zoological park here, but it did not survive.
According to Mehrotra, tigers in the wild are susceptible to injuries due to inter-canine fights and accidents. "These injuries sometimes get serious. And the only way that the tiger recovers is by constantly licking its wounds. However, septicaemia develops and spreads so fast in tigers that it is difficult to contain it and usually results in death," he said, adding that tigers at both Sariska and the Ranthambore parks have died because of it earlier.
"For the first time, we successfully managed to catch and treat the three-year-old Gilaisagar male tiger (T-24). Doctors from across the country, including those from Apollo and the Wild Life Institute of India, were consulted for its treatment," Mehrotra said.