Young female Tiger rescued & released back into the wild in Sundarbans
Sundarban experienced a low density cyclonic weather on the evening of Monday 26.04.2010. A young Tigress probably misguided by the strong wind & turbulent river entered the Adibashipara village in the Bagna Range & was spotted by a villager.
Prompt initiative by the villagers drived the animal into an abandoned hut where she was safe till the Range Officer Debraj Sur along with the Sundarban Tiger Reserve team intercepted. Soon the Tigress was successfully tranquilized by Beat Officer Ayan Chakraborty. Disturbed by human presence the poor animal seemed to be quite nervous. She was kept under observation of the Tiger Reserve's official vet and was fed with dressed chicken, which is common in such cases.
At 06.38 hrs today she was released at Khatuajhuri forest area in the same range. The Tigress apparently had no major injury marks or any such abnormalities when we saw her just before she went back into the wild.
We sincerely thank the villagers of Adibashipara for the cooperation that they have extended to the forest staff for a speedy rescue operation. The STR team deserves a salute for such a successful, smooth & prompt rescue operation.
Our BTL-Sanctuary Bengal Tiger Bachaao campaign in the Sundarbans had organised "Walk for the Tigers" at this village area last November to spread awareness on such issues seeking the villagers' involvement in rescuing such Tigers safely. We had also conducted immediate & intensive relief operations with the help of Wildlife Conservation Trust in this area last May 3 days post cyclone Aila through the Tiger Reserve team.
Joydip & Suchandra started as a wildlife photographer duo, but gradually got into the conservation movement as activists as they discovered that winning support for wildlife & nature conservation are far too necessary than just clicking the shutters. Over the years Tiger census & habitat monitoring exercises have been regular for them. Together they embark on their various journeys & adventures all over India. In this present day many are losing respect for nature, largely because they are cut off from its miracles. But this is not the case with the people of the Sundarbans who daily negotiate survival with nature. This dragged Joydip & Suchandra into coordinating an exclusive campaign designed for the Sundarbans -Bengal Tiger Bachaao with support of Sanctuary Asia, BTL & WCT, that stretches out from the children of the mangrove kingdom to the forest guards who are the real foot soldiers protecting the paradise to artists, journalists, performers, author & so on spread allover, apart from coordinating Kids for Tigers, a school level conservation campaign. As strong believers in Nature they feel that nothing is ever worth sacrificing the wellbeing of Nature!