TOI reported that the Rajasthan State Tourism Minister Beena Kak on Thursday spotted a Tigress and two cubs with the help of a powerful camera, when she noticed a would in the hind portion of the mother which was life-threatening. “The tigress was restless inside a pond. I zoomed in and saw a red mark on its back,” said the minister.
It turned out to be a deep, life-threatening wound that had invited hundreds of maggots. At stake was not only the animal’s life but also that of its two cubs. What followed was an hour-long operation on Thursday before the tigress was back with her cubs again. “I felt disturbed when I
saw what I had clicked. I went back to where I had seen the tigress first. I took some more
close-ups and realized that blood was oozing out of the deep wound. I called up the
divisional forest officer,” explained the minister.
Once confirmed that this was a fresh wound, instructions were issued to tranquilize the animal. “It was a 4-inch-deep wound and thousands of maggots had collected there. If left unattended, the tigress would have died in two days,” said Kak.
Doctors from the Jaipur zoo and Sawai Madhopur cleaned the wound and carried out a minor surgery. “On Friday came the news that the tigress had killed the bait and reunited with her cubs,” the minister said.
Forest officials and wildlife activists have praised the efforts of the concerned minister. “It was a great effort. The minister has, in fact, managed to save three tigers,” said Rajpal Singh, member state wildlife board. Holidayhomeindia too expresses its gratitude to Ms. Kak.
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