Saturday, January 30, 2010

Tiger, cub break free from Assam zoo enclosure

Tiger, cub break free from Assam zoo enclosure

Naresh Mitra, TNN, 30 January 2010, 08:33pm IST

GUWAHATI: A tigress and her cub slinked out of an enclosure at Assam State Zoo on Saturday morning, triggering fear among 10,000-plus visitors present. Dibya, the eight-year-old female, had had a taste of human blood two years ago when she mauled a visitor to death along with another tiger.

For an hour and a half on Saturday morning, Dibya prowled around the zoo, covering nearly 400 metres, even as visitors screamed and ran helter skelter. Zoo authorities first deployed five elephants to shield visitors from being attacked by the big cat and then evacuated them. The thrilling drama finally ended around 11 am when the Bengal tigers were tranquilized and put back into the cage.

Ironically, Dibya and her year-and-a-half-old cub had been kept in a separate enclosure as the nine tigers were considered to be too many in the 175 hectare zoo. Dibya, who had been brought from Mysore Zoo in an exchange programme in 2005, was to be sent to another zoo in exchange for some animals that are more tame. Dibya and her cub though had other ideas.

At 9.30 am on Saturday, the duo walked out of the enclosure when zoo keeper Prabin Mikir forgot to secure the slide door between two portions of the cage. The cub accidentally pushed the slide door aside and stepped into the main cage and then stepped out through the open door with Dibya closely trailing her. Had the incident happened minutes earlier, cleaners Appa Rao and Rangil Ali, who were disinfecting the cage, would have been mauled by the twin cats.

On leaving the cage, the two walked in different directions. Visitors out for a day of fun at the zoo got the shock of their lives when they saw the big cats walking around carefree. "I could not believe my eyes when I saw the tiger walking about in the open. Though it was a cold morning, I began sweating. It was as though death was walking towards me," recalled visitor Kalyan Das after a close encounter. Dibya stopped 50 metres short of Das and turned the other way nonchalantly.

While Dibya was spreading terror, a crowd followed the antics of her cub. The adventurous cat pranced around for half hour and then took shelter in a shallow drain away from the prying eyes. Another 15 minutes on, zoo officials managed to shoot a tranquilizer dart and put the cub to sleep. Dibya, meanwhile, jumped over a short moat and into the giraffe enclosure with the tranquilizer team in hot pursuit. Though the latter did manage to fire a dart, it did not have any effect on the big cat that then jumped out and wandered along the main pathway.

Bitupon Hazarika, who had come to the zoo with his friends from Jorhat, later recalled the chilling moments. "It may seem to be thrilling in hindsight, but right then, with the tiger on the prowl, it was blood-curdling. Though zoo officials were guarding us, I felt very unsafe," he said.

The tranquilizer team continued to follow Dibya and fired the next dart when she was walking along the broad pathway. But it too failed to put the cat to sleep. Apparently unconcerned by the pricks, she took rest in a shelter and then jumped into the giraffe fence again. It was then that the third dart was fired and had the desired effect. Dibya sat down and went into a drowsy state around 11 am.

Divisional forest officer Narayan Mahanta, who is in charge of the zoo, admitted it was sheer luck that no one got injured. "We were worried that if Dibyu had attacked, it would have caused mayhem. Luckily she didn't. The entire incident happened due to lack of coordination between the zoo keeper and cleaners. It was eminently avoidable. We will look into the sequence of events and identify the lapses," he said.

SS Rao, nodal officer for wildlife crime control at the state forest department, has been entrusted with the probe into the incident. In December 2007, a 50-year-old man had been mauled by Dibya when he had scaled a barricade to take photographs of the cats and fell into the enclosure.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

What will happen to Norman Buwalda's tiger?

What will happen to Norman Buwalda's tiger?

January 12, 11:37 AM
Toronto Animal Rights Examiner Anita Robeson

On January 10, 2010, a Siberian tiger attacked and killed its owner, Norman Buwalda, a 66-year-old man from Southwold, Ontario.

According to the World Society for the Protection of Animals Canada (WSPA), located on Eglinton Avenue in Toronto, "an estimated 500 exotic cats are kept as pets in the province."

WSPA's programs officer, Melissa Matlow, says, "Keeping a tiger on your property should be considered as dangerous as keeping a loaded gun, and yet no agency is inspecting zoos and private animal collections to ensure they are safe."

In light of Buwalda's death, WSPA is "calling on the Ontario government to implement licensing to prevent future deaths and injuries."

In 2004, some of Buwalda's neighbours were so concerned for their safety, they managed to have a bylaw passed banning local residents from owning exotic animals. But Buwalda fought the law and had it overturned after a two-year court battle.

That same year, a 10-year-old boy was attacked by one of Buwalda's tigers while attempting to take its picture. The child suffered injuries to his head and neck, but survived.

At one time Buwalda kept five wild cats on his property, including a lion and a cougar.

According to, tigers in the wild live alone and "aggressively scent-mark large territories to keep their rivals away." Tigers naturally avoid humans, so those that do attack "are often sick and unable to hunt normally, or live in areas where their traditional prey has vanished"—like, say, a cage in your backyard.

The tiger's fate is now in the hands of Southwold township officials.

Let's hope it isn't punished for doing what its natural instincts compelled it to do.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Missing Tiger Found in Van Zandt County

Missing Tiger Found in Van Zandt County

Updated 3:30 PM CST, Thu, Jan 21, 2010

A tiger reported missing in Van Zandt County has been found and secured.

The 400-pound female tiger was reported to be on the run after escaping its enclosure during Wednesday's storm. A Van Zandt Sheriff's Department deputy said he thought he spotted the tiger Wednesday night.

The tiger was found Thursday afternoon and secured. It is now in the possession of Texas Game Wardens. There have been no reported injuries in connection with the tiger's escape.

The ownership of exotic wild animals (such as tigers, lions and jaguars) in Texas is allowed by law with a license. The animal also must be registered with the state, according to

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Zion faces four charges over dead employee

Zion faces four charges over dead employee

17th January 2010

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Four charges laid by the Department of Labour after the death of animal handler Dalu Mncube at the Zion Wildlife Gardens will be heard in the Whangarei District Court next week.

Mr Mncube was killed by a tiger while cleaning its enclosure in May last year.

His death was a major blow for the wildlife park on the outskirts of Whangarei, which had gained world fame through the Lion Man television series.

Department of Labour communications adviser Eric Janse van Rensburg yesterday declined to specify who or what "entity" the charges had been laid against.

"As the matter is before the court the department will make no further comment," he said.

But the Northern Advocate understands all charges have been laid against Zion Wildlife Gardens as an entity and no individuals have been charged.

Two charges have been laid under Section 6 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act for "failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of employees while at work".

The other charges were laid under Section 16 of the act for "failing to take all practicable steps to ensure no hazard that is, or arises in, the place of work harms people who are lawfully at work as employees of a contractor".

Zion spokeswoman Sara Reid could not be contacted to comment on the charges yesterday, but she had earlier said they would be strenuously defended.

Tourists had watched in horror as Mr Mncube, 26, was fatally mauled by a 260kg white tiger while he and another keeper were cleaning the animal's enclosure.

The second keeper had tried to use a length of wood to beat the tiger off the stricken man until another staff member was able to shoot the big cat dead. The wildlife park was closed by government officials because of safety and animal welfare issues.

But Whangarei-born Tim Husband was brought over from Australia to lead the park's recovery and just under a month later it re-opened with rules preventing staff from having direct contact with adult animals.

Mauled man 'trusted animals'

Mauled man 'trusted animals'

Township to revisit bylaw banning exotic, dangerous pets after resident's savage death

Published On Tue Jan 12 2010

SOUTHWOLD, ONT.–To folks in this rural community near St. Thomas, Norm Buwalda was as much a curiosity as the exotic animals he kept as giant pets.

Neighbours along the township's Second Line didn't much care for the two lions, two tigers and a cougar he kept in a screened-in outbuilding. They say he kept pretty much to himself and didn't take much part in community life.

So when the 66-year-old Dutch native was fatally mauled by one of his 300-kilogram tigers Sunday, the irony wasn't lost on them that Buwalda had fought and successfully overturned a township bylaw that would have banned such exotic animals from the area.

"He told us once that he trusted animals more than he trusted people," neighbour Joanne Does said Monday. "He felt closer to animals than people.

"He appeared like a bully ... but he was a very sad man, lonely I think."

Does was among area residents who lobbied township councillors in 2002 to pass a bylaw banning exotic beasts from private property. She said Buwalda's lion cub was seen running with dogs in the neighbourhood at the time.

Council didn't act until after a 10-year-old Toronto boy visiting Buwalda was mauled by a tiger in 2004. A two-year court battle ensued and Buwalda's lawyers finally convinced a judge to overturn the township ban.

Mayor Jim McIntyre said it's time to try again to write a bulletproof bylaw to keep exotic creatures from local properties in the township, 30 kilometres southwest of London. He planned to pitch the idea to council Monday night.

"It a shock to the community," he told the Star. "I think the courts were wrong in overturning our bylaw. For us it was all about public safety."

OPP Const. Troy Carlson said police were awaiting the results of an autopsy. He said Buwalda's animals were left in his family's care and would not be seized by authorities.

A man at Buwalda's home refused to say what the family would do with the animals and ordered a Star reporter from the property.

The World Society for the Protection of Animals said Buwalda's death should serve as a warning of the dangers of owning exotic animals. Ontario is the only province that doesn't require a licence to keep dangerous exotic animals, the society added.

Melissa Matlow, the society's programs officer in Canada, said his death could have been prevented if Queen's Park had banned the keeping of dangerous exotic pets when it recently revised the OSPCA Act.

"It should be restricted to only people who are keeping professional facilities and can ensure the animal's welfare and the public safety," she said, adding dangerous animals such as tigers are not suitable pets.

"You need a licence to keep a gun – you don't need a licence to keep a tiger in your backyard and that's just inadequate for public safety."

Patricia England can hear the big cats roar from her home, half a kilometre from Buwalda's property.

"It's sad, terribly sad," she said. "He told us his animals wouldn't hurt a fly – and now this.

"We're all beings on this planet and we all have a place, but this isn't the place for wild animals.

"It's not the animal's fault. It was just doing what a tiger does."

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tiger attacks girl in Uttar Pradesh village

Tiger attacks girl in Uttar Pradesh village

IANS, 4 January 2010, 01:22pm IST

LUCKNOW: A tiger sneaked out of the Dudhwa reserve forest in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur district and attacked a 15-year-old girl, an official said on Monday.

"The tiger attacked the girl Sunday. Seriously injured in the attack, the girl is undergoing treatment and her condition is critical," Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), K.K. Singh told reporters in Lakhimpur, about 180 km from state capital Lucknow.

"Panic has gripped the entire Sumar Nagar village, where the tiger attacked the girl while she was working in her sugarcane fields," he added.

A combing operation was underway to drive the tiger back into the forest. It was suspected to be still hiding in the sugarcane fields of the village.

Dudhwa, one of the country's largest tiger reserves, has 106 tigers according to the last census.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Circus trainer returns to ring after tiger attack

Circus trainer returns to ring after tiger attack

Published: 11 Jan 10 14:01 CET

The circus showman nearly killed by tigers during a Hamburg dinner performance in December re-entered the ring over the weekend, daily Augsburger Allgemeine reported on Monday.

Christian Walliser was released from the hospital on Saturday and appeared at the Circus Barelli in Augsburg on Sunday evening wearing an complicated splint for his hand. The audience gave the 28-year-old a standing ovation, the paper said.

Just before the “Pagels Dinner Zirkus” began at Hamburg's Hagenbeck Zoo on December 8, Walliser stumbled and fell in front of five Bengal tigers. As some 200 spectators looked on, three of the animals attacked.

Other trainers were able to lure the tigers away from Walliser within 30 seconds by following their plan for such emergencies, but he was left with severe head, chest and hand injuries.

But after being cleared by doctors, Walliser plans to perform again on March 6 with the Circus Crocofant – an engagement he had planned before the accident.

“The doctors said with 100 percent certainty that it will be no problem,” Walliser told the paper. “The tigers are not at fault. They behaved instinctively after I fell.”

In a nod to the famous adage, “The show must go on,” Walliser told daily Bild am Sonntag that he could hardly wait to be travelling with the circus again, adding that he had not considered giving up his profession despite the accident.

A similar accident occurred six years ago in Las Vegas when famous tiger trainer Roy Horn of the “Siegfried and Roy” duo was severely injured in an attack on-stage.

Animal groups urge tougher laws after Ontario tiger owner killed

Animal groups urge tougher laws after Ontario tiger owner killed

Mark Iype, Canwest News Servic
Published: Monday, January 11, 2010

66 years-old Norman Buwalda was mauled by a tiger at his residence in Southwold Township, Ontario. Cars are parked in front of the building that a tiger was kept in on the country estate, west of ...

A leading rights group that works to protect the well-being of wild animals in Canada says that the mauling death of an Ontario man by his tiger is a wake-up call to governments at all levels to prevent people from owning exotic animals.

Rob Laidlaw, the executive director of Zoo Check Canada, said the death of Norman Buwalda on Sunday was the result of Ontario's weak laws that make it too easy for people to keep wild animals as pets without any oversight.

"We've had a litany of incidents and the government has washed its hands of it," Laidlaw said Monday.

This weekend's attack in Southwold township, near London, Ont., is not the first time a large cat has mauled somebody on Buwalda's property. The same tiger is believed to have attacked a 10-year-old boy in 2004, severely injuring him.

The attack prompted the township to pass a bylaw preventing the ownership of exotic animals, but Buwalda successfully fought the law in 2006, having his animals - reportedly two tigers, two lions and a cougar - grandfathered past the ruling.

Mayor James McIntyre said town council will again take up the cause and debate a new bylaw at its next meeting.

Barry Kent MacKay, the Canadian representative of Born Free USA, another animal rights group, said his organization has been warning communities for years to toughen laws.

"We warned these communities to pass these bylaws, because people can have a plethora of animals," MacKay said. "Private owners don't see the danger, they think everything is fine."

Both MacKay and Laidlaw said the biggest mistake made by Buwalda was getting into the cage with the tiger.

"People say that you can't predict this sort of thing," said Laidlaw. "But it's predictable that it will eventually kill you."

Laidlaw said that Alberta has the strongest legislation right now, and that B.C. enacted tougher laws after a woman was mauled to death by a pet Siberian tiger in May 2007.

But, he said, Ontario is the only province where exotic animals don't need to be licensed.

John Parker, a Toronto city councillor and a former Ontario Progressive Conservative MPP, said he tried to create a provincial standard when he introduced animal welfare legislation in 1997 that was quashed as a private member's bill.

"What motivated my bill was concern for the animals and the public," he said. "When the public goes to something called a zoo, they just assume that the animals and the people are safe."

Buwalda, the chairman of the Canadian Exotic Animal Owner's Association, died Sunday at about 3 p.m. when he entered the cage to feed the tiger on his 80-acre property.

A family member found the 66-year-old in the cage and separated the 300-kilogram animal by trapping it behind a set of glass doors that divides the cage.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Man killed by tiger that mauled boy in 2004, police believe

Man killed by tiger that mauled boy in 2004, police believe

Katherine Laidlaw, National Post
Published: Sunday, January 10, 2010

The same Siberian tiger that mauled a 10-year-old Toronto boy six years ago killed a lifelong exotic animal lover and keeper yesterday, police say.

"We believe it to be the same animal," said Constable Troy Carlson of Port Elgin OPP. "As far as what's being done with the animal, at this point it's up to the family."

Norman Buwalda, a businessman from Southwold Township, near London, died yesterday at approximately 3 p.m. when he entered the cage to feed the tiger, one of many exotic animals on his property. A male family member found Mr. Buwalda, 66, in the cage and separated the 650-pound animal by trapping it behind a set of glass doors that divides the cage. Reached yesterday at Mr. Buwalda's home, a family member said the family had no comment.

Neighbours paint a picture of an introverted man who cared for his tigers, lions and panthers as though they were his friends. David Rawson, whose property touches Mr. Buwalda's, said his neighbour kept exotic pets as a hobby. He cared for many large cats in the twelve years Mr. Rawson lived in the area, whose growls were audible at night from Mr. Rawson's land. He usually kept between two or three at a time.

"I've seen a panther, a cougar and a tiger," he said. "It's a very nice property and very private. I think he would say that his friends were animals. I don't think he felt he had a bond with humanity."

Mr. Rawson said the cage in which Mr. Buwalda kept the tiger was of "zoo quality" and he had no safety concerns as long as the animals were kept in their pens. The two-storey cage, made of concrete, glass and steel bars, is as big as a house, he said. The rest of Mr. Buwalda's land was not fenced in, although Const. Carlson said there was a fenced in area on the land where Mr. Buwalda kept deer or other roaming animals at one time.

"I had no serious concerns about my safety at anytime unless it would be released," he said. "This was a totally unfenced property and should that tiger have gotten away after he mauled the boy, what would have stopped him from galloping into the woods?"

Mr. Buwalda's 80-acre property contained two cages, as well as a large stone house standing at nearly 10,000 square feet on a landscaped lawn protected by a security gate. "It would be considered to be a significant residential estate in this area," he said. Mr. Rawson said Mr. Buwalda was not married and had no children living at his home.

The tiger is still in its enclosure on the property. Const. Carlson said police believe Mr. Buwalda kept the animals there legally but an investigation is ongoing. "It's somewhat different than a dog that bites somebody," Const. Carlson said. "What would you do with the animal if somebody went into a cage at the zoo and got mauled? Would you put the tiger down? No."

The tiger living on the property, which police believe, mauled a 10-year-old Toronto boy in June of 2004, igniting a heated discussion in Southwold Township on whether exotic animals should be banned from the area. The boy and his family were visiting Mr. Buwalda's residence when Mr. Buwalda led the tiger out of the cage to allow the boy and his younger siblings to take photos of the animal. The tiger was on a leash but lunged forward, knocking its owner off balance. No charges were laid in the incident. Residents were furious when the town lost a court case that would have seen Mr. Buwalda's exotic animals banned. Mr. Rawson said Mr. Buwalda had been injured by his own animals in the past.

Mr. Buwalda is listed as the contact person for a Canadian Exotic Animal Owners' Association, and the address and phone number listed on that website is the same as the information listed on Can-Fab Strathroy, an industrial supply company.

Const. Carlson said Mr. Buwalda told him he had once provided animals to a zoo.

A post-mortem is scheduled for today, police said.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

China zoo keeper killed by lion: state media

Updated Wednesday, January 6, 2010 10:20 am TWN, AFP

BEIJING -- A worker at a wildlife park in central China was attacked and killed by an African lion while he was cleaning out her cage, state media reported Tuesday. The 56-year-old worker, identified only by his surname Ming, was attacked by the lion at the Nanhai Wildlife Park in the city of Madian in Henan province on Thursday, the Beijing Youth Daily reported. Ming had only been at his job for four days when the attack occurred, it said.

Yang Yang, the nine-year-old African lion, has been placed under quarantine as an investigation into the incident is conducted, the report said.

In November, police in northeast China shot dead two Siberian tigers after the animals severely mauled a worker at a wildlife park in Liaoning Province, a report said at the time.


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Sunday, January 03, 2010

Two injured in tiger attack

Two injured in tiger attack


DANG, Jan 2: Two persons have been seriously injured by a tiger in Ghorahi-2, Karjahi on Friday night.

Raju Chaudhary, 55, and his wife Sugani, 52, were attacked by the tiger at midnight when they were out of the house for urination.

Locals killed the tiger and the couple has been referred to Nepalgunj after initial treatment at Rapti Sub-Regional Hospital, Ghorahi.

Tiger kills man

Tiger kills man


CHITWAN, Jan 1: A person was killed when a tiger attacked him at Ratnanagar of Chitwan on Friday morning.

Maharaja Mahato, 45, of Rantnagar-5, was killed when the tiger attacked him in a forest near his home where he had gone to collect forage. He died while being treated at Chitwan Medical College Hospital.

Meanwhile, a person was injured after he was attacked by a rhino in the same jungle.

Yamanath Chapagain, also from Ratnanagar-5, is now being treated at Chitwan Medical College Hospital after being injured in the attack.

Three tiger attacks jolt Chandrapur, 2 killed

Three tiger attacks jolt Chandrapur, 2 killed

Ashwin Aghor / DNA Thursday, December 31, 2009 0:19 IST

Mumbai: After a lull in the man-animal conflict in Chandrapur district, three incidents of tiger attacks in less than 10 days recently have set the forest department thinking. The incidents have occurred in three villages located within a radius of 10sq km near the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve.

The first incident was reported at Pendhri village on December 19 when a woman, identified as Sharda Keshav Rajanhire, 30, was killed when she had gone to collect firewood in survey number 140 of the Pendhri beat of the tiger reserve. The body was partially eaten by the animal.

On December 23, a tiger injured a man from Mane Mohadi, and on December 28 morning, a woman identified as Dhrupada Patwari Mankar, 60, a resident of Shivani village, was killed.

“There is a record of presence of three tigers in the area as it is close to the tiger reserve. We have taken precautions to safeguard both people and the wildlife in the area,” said SL Thavre, divisional forest officer, Chandrapur. The forest department has put up boards at many places warning people of tiger presence, apart from distributing handbills and frequent awareness drives.

However, another senior forest officer said: “This is certainly alarming. The fact that tiger attacks are taking place repeatedly indicates that the tiger is fast turning into be problem animal.”

Forest officials feel that this could be the beginning of the yet another series man-animal conflict after November 2007 when the a tiger was shot dead near Govindpur in Chandrapur district after it had allegedly killed over 23 people.

“As the first step,” the officer said, “the forest department should beef up patrolling to gather detailed information about the animal.”

Tiger mauls another woman to death

Tiger mauls another woman to death

Vijay Pinjarkar & Mazhar Ali,
TNN 29 December 2009, 04:18am IST

The incident took place in compartment No. 233 of Shivni beat on Monday morning. The victim, identified as Drupadabai Hatwru Mankar (60), a resident of Shivni, had gone to collect firewood in the morning but did not return. Worried over this, Drupadabai's son raised an alarm and with the help of villagers and foresters searched the adjoining forests and traced the body around 5 pm.

RFO BP Bramhne said, "As the victim woman did not return home till late in afternoon, her family members went into the jungle to search her. Soon they found the body of the victim in compartment No. 283 and informed the forest officials."

Praveen Chavan, deputy conservator of forests (DyCF) for Chandrapur Division, confirmed it to be a handiwork of tiger. "We've enough evidence about presence of a resident tiger in Shivni range. Camera traps have even proved it. The body of Drupadabai was dragged a few metres and injury mark on the neck were that of a tiger. The animal had not eaten any body part," Chavan told TOI.

Forest officials have reached the spot to conduct a panchnama. The post-mortem on Drupadabai will be conducted on Tuesday.

Speaking to TOI, RS Yadav, conservator of forests (CF) for North Chandrapur Forest Circle (NCFC), said, "We have already displayed sign boards warning people about presence of tigers in the area. Still, people move deep into the forests to collect firewood. We have also informed the gram panchayat about it and 'dawandi' (alerting people by beating of drums) is also done."

Bramhne further informed that necessary ex-gratia amount had been paid to the kin of deceased for funeral rites, while the actual compensation amount would be provided after necessary formalities.

This is the third incident of man-animal conflict in the past 10 days. On December 19, a woman Sharda Rajanhire (30) of Kewada Peth village was killed by a tiger in Pendhri beat of Sindewahi range. On December 26, a farmer Patru Nannawre from Mane Mohali village in Palasgaon Forest Range in Chimur tehsil was injured by a tiger when he was guarding his farm. In the past five years since January 2005, 56 persons have been killed by carnivores in Chandrapur district alone.

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Tiger kills 60-year-old woman in Chandrapur

Tiger kills 60-year-old woman in Chandrapur

Submitted by Sarthak Gupta on Tue, 12/29/2009 - 06:08.

Another villager was killed by a tiger near Shivni village of Sindewahi tehsil in Chandrapur, bordering the famous Tadoba tiger reserves, on Monday evening.

Drupadabai Hatwaru (60), a woman from Shivni village, was attacked by a tiger when she went to the nearby jungle to collect firewood.

The tiger dragged the woman for about half a kilometer inside the forest and left the body there.

RS Yadav, conservator of forests, Chanda (South) circle said: “We have found pugmarks of the animal around the spot where the woman was killed by the tiger.”

Yadav said that the forest department has already issued a warning to the villagers about the tiger attacks.

“They should not go to the jungle alone and avoid staying till evening there,” he insisted. The villager found the body around 5.30 pm in the jungle.

The senior forest officer also admitted that the conflict between humans and animals in the area was on the increase over the past few years, with tigers straying into villages.

“Tigers enter villages in search of cattle. When confronted by human beings, they attack,” the officer further said.

The Shivni village is near to the famous Tadoba tiger reserves - home to more than 40 tigers.

Earlier, the forest department shot dead a full-grown tiger that mauled and killed eight villagers within a month near the area in 2007.

Fear prevailed among the villagers of Shivni on Monday after the incident.

The senior forest official said that the tiger was present in the area and a team of forest personnel has already been deployed there to tackle the situation.

With this, the death toll in big cat attacks in Chandrapur district has gone up to 36 since January 2007.

This is emerging as a major concern for the district administration.

White tiger victim 'played dead' in cage

White tiger victim 'played dead' in cage

14:00 AEST Tue Dec 29 2009
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A German zookeeper who was bitten on the neck by a white tiger says she played dead to avoid being killed.

Nearly two weeks ago, Karim the male tiger attacked Linda Gruhn, 30, while she was cleaning its cage.

Ms Gruhn had her neck broken in the attack and was airlifted to hospital.

"It all happened so fast," she told German newspaper Bild.

"He suddenly appeared behind me and grabbed me.

"I thought any minute it's over ... instinctively, I played dead."

But the animal — which had slipped through an open gate — picked up Ms Gruhn with its jaws and carried her out of its cage.

Her neck reportedly made an popping noise as Karim's fangs broke her cervical vertebrae.

"I was fully conscious the whole time ... so I tried to remain calm," Ms Gruhn said.

Colleagues at the zoo in the eastern German town of Arschersleben managed to distract the tiger long enough for him to let go of Ms Gruhn, before driving him back into his cage.

The Aschersleben zoo is home to a pair of Bengali white tigers — Karim the male and a female Kiara who gave birth to a litter of cubs earlier this year.

Last year Karim attacked and killed a Siberian tiger that strayed into its enclosure after a zookeeper mistakenly opened the access gate.

Ms Gruhn said that if she fully recovers she would like to continue work at the zoo.

"This is and remains my dream job," she said.