New Delhi: ‘Jai’, a seven-year-old male tiger at Nagpur’s Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary, has been missing for almost three months from the shelter. The iconic tiger is a favourite for many working in the sanctuary.
Wildlife experts, rescuers and volunteers have all been scouring the forest for over three months putting up and distributing placards in the region for any sign of the feline. Albeit Jai’s disappearance is not new for the sanctuary, his long-time absence has raised doubts this time regarding his whereabouts.
“We are mapping the whole area. We will form teams of two volunteers each that will take a local with them during the search. We plan to begin the search in two days,” an honorary wildlife warden of Nagpur district said.
Nagpur: Rs 50,000 reward announced to trace the Tiger, over 100 volunteers to scan forests around 350 villages in vicinity of the sanctuary
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Some fear that Jai might already have become a victim for hunters prowling the area to trap wild animals inside the sanctuary. Although animals do retreat into the wilderness during hot summers, it is unknown for them to not appear outside for an extended period of time.