Monday, August 30, 2010
TNN, Aug 30, 2010, 12.40am IST
LUCKNOW: A man was injured by a tiger in Mailani range of South Kheri forest division early on Sunday morning. Forest officials could not locate the pugmarks as area is flooded due to rains. It was also not confirmed whether it was the same tiger which has taken eight lives since May this year.
The injured was identified as Rambhajan, a resident of Kuriyani village of Mailani range. He had a chance encounter with the tiger when he was going to his fields in the morning. The man was admitted to the local hospital and given medical aid.
Kuriyani is a village in South kheri forest division. It is about 10 km from Saraiyan village of Khutar range in Shahjahanpur where tiger was spotted on Saturday night, around 9, by locals. The forest staff had reached the spot but could not locate the pugmarks due to flooding in the area. The search operation was carried out near Kuriyani on Sunday morning. In the evening, tracking team resumed operation in Saraiyan village. Pilibhit DFO VK Singh said that the animal could have shifted location.
There is doubt emerging if it is the wandering "charger-tiger" which left the man injured in Kuriyani village. "Man-mauling tiger will not run away so easily, it could have dragged the man inside forest," said VP Singh, a wildlife conservationist camping in the area. Mailani forest has sizeable tiger population and Kuriyani is a village bordering the forest. Chance encounter with big cats is not a rare occurrence in the area. Search operations will continue to tranquillise and capture the tiger.
Meanwhile, elephants which have been brought from Dudhwa for search operation are present in Bilandapur forest beat of Khutar range of Shahjahanpur. The villagers there had not been allowing the elephants to move from the spot. "They are demanding search team to go inside forest, search for tiger and assure that big cat has moved out of the place," said a local forest staff. The local political figures are working to allay the fears of villagers.
The terai area is reeling under tiger fear. Since May 3, eight humans have been killed and partially eaten by a sub-adult tiger. Officials are presuming the same tiger to have struck on all occasions. The last human kill was made on August 26 in Bilandapur forest beat. No human kill or attach was reported in the area till early Sunday morning when Rambhajan was attacked and injured. The senior forest officials along with experts from wildlife organisations are on watch.
Baits have been tied inside forest patches where tiger was reported to be moving. Enclosures have been set and villagers are told not to venture into forest's periphery. The rains and flood is making the search operation difficult.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Visitors continued to trickle into Jungle Island, a day after a 500-pound Bengal tiger escaped. Mahesh and another tiger are being kept from the public as the state's wildlife commission investigates.
Posted on Sunday, 08.29.10
BY LAURA FIGUEROA and CHRISTINE DOLEN
Watson -- a small, 8-year-old ape -- was known for being a bit mischievous.
But when he sneaked out of his cage at Jungle Island on Saturday, Watson set off a chain of events straight out of a thriller movie:
A 500-pound Bengal tiger leapt over a tall fence, dozens of frantic visitors ran for their lives, and park workers labored to lure the predatory animal back into a holding cage.
``I might have shouted a bunch of cuss words after the first millisecond of shock,'' said Dr. Jason Chatfield, Jungle Island's curator. ``But after that, you go back into action.''
A day after the frenzy, it became increasingly clear that Watson had triggered the unusual sequence of events at the Watson Island animal park.
Visitors continued to trickle through Jungle Island's doors on Sunday -- though Mahesh and another tiger were not on display. The pair are being kept in holding cells while an investigation continues to determine how Mahesh was able to scale over the 14-foot fence. No one was injured by the male tiger.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino said that the agency closed down the tiger exhibit ``until the facility makes certain changes to its caging requirements so that this doesn't happen again.''
The investigation is looking into the escapes of both Mahesh and Watson. ``We're investigating escaped captive wildlife, which is a violation of the law,'' Pino said. ``It is fair to say someone would be found responsible.''
``It's very important to figure out exactly what happened, to design it so that it doesn't happen again,'' Chatfield said, noting that Watson Island park's 14-foot fence was already two-feet higher than required by law.
Saturday's series of events started around noon when the white-handed gibbon, a species of ape native to Southeast Asia, escaped from his pen. A team of four animal handlers attempted to wrangle the precocious primate, Chatfield said, but he soon made his way to the tall, fenced area enclosing the tigers.
Watson's presence sparked the interest of Mahesh, who became ``excited'' and chased Watson around as he made his way across the chain-link fence.
Though he didn't have a full view of how the tiger made it so far up the fence, Chatfield said he likely lunged, gaining enough momentum to reach the top, where he eventually fell over it.
``It didn't charge a single person,'' Chatfield said. ``There was no interest in the people, maybe a passing interest. He was really after the gibbon, because it was something he'd never seen.''
Though he had a tranquilizer gun handy, Chatfield said he never found it necessary to fire.
``Our goal wasn't to force him to do anything,'' Chatfield said. ``He was being a cat and roaming, circling his home. We wheeled his cage, which he is familiar with, and he wasn't afraid of his trainers. Never once did he run or pounce. He walked around, and walked into his cage.''
While Jungle Island officials paint a picture of a controlled scene, park visitors including Leigh Stewart of Pembroke Pines gave a dramatically different account.
Stewart, who was making her first visit to Jungle Island with her two-year-old son, said she was watching when a staff worker entered the gibbon's cage for a feeding. Watson then escaped.
``She left the gate open, but all the monkeys followed her because she was feeding them,'' Stewart said. ``[Watson] walked right out of the gate, but she finished feeding the rest of the monkeys, then went after it.''
Chatfield said he could not go into detail about how Watson escaped from the pen, because the incident is still under investigation. But he said a faulty lock on the first of two doors leading into the cage, combined with ``human error,'' may have made it easier for him to escape.
After Watson jumped into the tiger habitat, Mahesh appeared to bite the ape ``on the butt,'' the Pembroke Pines resident said. Watson jumped out again, as Mahesh chased after him, she said.
When someone yelled ``everybody run,'' Stewart dropped her purse and dashed with her family to a crowded barn, where park visitors were herded for protection.
``We stayed in this one dirty barn with more than 100 people, touching skin-to-skin,'' Stewart said. ``They brought in one fan. There were huge turtle cages and food for the animals in there. It was 100 degrees, dark and no light. All the kids were crying.''
No one was injured by the prowling tiger. But four people hurt during the chaos after Mahesh's escape were treated for minor injuries. A fifth person was transported to a Miami hospital after suffering a panic attack, said Miami Fire Rescue Lt. Ignatius Carroll.
Despite hearing about Saturday's chaotic events, visitors continued to trickle into Jungle Island on Sunday.
``It was a one-time only thing,'' said Adriana Norriega, of Miami, as she carried her son Alex, 3, in her arms. ``I don't feel unsafe, and the kids always love coming here.''
Meanwhile, Watson is being kept away from the public.
``He's a little distressed,'' Chatfield said.
After Mahesh had been caged, park staff were finally able to locate Watson standing on a picnic table.
``The handler who raised the gibbon told him, `You've been a bad boy,' '' Chatfield recounted. Then Watson put his head down ``like he knew he had done something wrong'' and jumped into the safety of his handler's arms.
Posted on Sat, Aug. 28, 2010
BY MEGAN TERILLI and JOSE CASSOLA
A 3-year-old Bengal tiger got loose at Jungle Island on Saturday, causing panic and sending park-goers running for safety on the Watson Island attraction off the McArthur Causeway linking Miami to Miami Beach.
Five people were treated at the scene by Miami Fire Rescue workers, said Fire Lt. Ignatius Carroll, including an unidentified woman in her 30s or 40s who was transferred to a Miami hospital suffering a panic attack.
Ashley Serrate, public relations manager for the park, estimated that the episode took place before noon and lasted less than a half hour. It was not immediately known how the tiger got out of its enclosure or how it was recaptured.
But park guest Larry Rhodes, 46, of Pompano Beach, said he was in lockdown inside a barn at the park for 90 minutes while staff handled the crisis.
``People were running for their lives,'' Rhodes told The Miami Herald.
A Miami police statement said the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission had launched an investigation and ``have taken over the entire incident.''
The police added that they were alerted to the episode by a flurry of 911 calls ``from frantic patrons stating they encountered a tiger that had gone lose on the Jungle Island Park grounds.''
For Miami mom Dorothy Evans, there with two small children for a birthday party, the first sign of trouble came when they spotted a monkey loose in the park.
A running crowd of staff and visitors soon followed, shouting and heading their way.
``We were really scared. There were people crying,'' said Evans, who had come to the park with her family, including an infant and a toddler. ``We thought it was because of the loose monkey but they said it was because of the tiger.''
Staff members then told them to run to the barn area.
The scene got so chaotic at one point, Evans said, that park visitors were knocking each other down. One child scraped his face.
Carroll said two of those treated on the spot included a mother and her 15-month-old baby. The mother, whose name was not given, was ``running trying to get somewhere safe, and fell on top of the baby'' who suffered some scratches. ``Nothing life threatening,'' the fire lieutenant said.
Also treated, he said, was a pregnant woman who ran and later complained of abdominal pains and another woman.
Serrate said the tiger, named Mahesh, got excited when a park worker went past her cage with a Gibbon ape called Watson.
A staff worker was transporting Watson for a vaccine and medical care when Mahesh spotted it, she said. She could not elaborate on how the cat scaled a 14-foot-high enclosure, but she said the tiger was recaptured after workers moved a transport cage near the tiger, who walked into it ``on her own.''
But Carroll, who was not at the scene, said he understood that Jungle Island staff ``put some food inside one of their rolling cages and the cat just strolled right on.''
Serrate, refusing to permit reporters from entering the park, said the tiger's 14-foot fence was four feet higher than regulation.
Even three hours after the episode there was still confusion at the popular attraction, once known as Parrot Jungle.
Serrate first invited reporters inside to speak to ``the witnesses now back enjoying the park'' and see that business had returned to normal. An undisclosed number of guests who wanted to leave received refunds of their $32.95 for adults and $24.95 for children admissions fees.
When a Miami Herald reporter and photographer reached the park, Serrate was blocking their path. ``I cannot allow media into the park today,'' she declared.
Park officials also were not able to specify the last time the attraction that once called itself Parrot Jungle had a potentially dangerous animal on the loose.
Jungle Island, which moved to its current location from Pinecrest in the mid 1990s, is popular with children and is often the site of large gatherings like corporate picnics.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010
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Sundarbans (WB), Aug 22 (PTI) Two persons were killed in separate tiger attacks today when they went to catch crabs in Sundarbans Tiger Reserve in South 24-Parganas district, a senior forest official said. "Ranjit Roy, a middle-aged person of Annpur village in Gosaba block, was attacked by a Royal Bengal Tiger in Panchamukhani-II mangrove forest opposite to the village this afternoon," Field Director of Sundarbans Tiger Reserve, Subrat Mukherjee, told PTI. He had gone with a group of fishermen after obtaining permission from forest department to catch crabs, he said. Another fisherman, Samir Mandal of Emilybari village, was killed when a Royal Bengal Tiger pounced on him late yesterday when their group was catching crabs in the creeks of Panchamukhani-IV forest in the Sundarbans. The locals in Annpur burst crackers to drive away tigers from the other side of the forest. The tigers often swim across the rivers, separating the forest with human-inhabited deltas, to target livestock in villages.
Rachna Singh, TNN, Aug 21, 2010, 05.09am IST
JAIPUR: The Ranthambore Tiger Reserve witnessed its fourth attack on a human by a big cat in the past four months. This time, the victim was a 50-year-old forest ranger Daulat Singh Shaktawat, who was seriously injured and had to be airlifted to Jaipur for treatment.
Last Tuesday, a tiger had killed a 22-year-old man, identified as Hemraj Gujjar, at Gopalpur village. Friday's incident took place at Bhuri Pahadi village on the sanctuary's outskirts, where the tiger is said to have strayed.
According to reports, the tiger had entered the village and killed a calf around 4.30 am. Soon, over 200 forest officials reached the spot along with the police and government officials. The tiger attacked Shaktawat, who was assigned the task of tranquilising the big cat to rule out an attack on humans, when he went too close. The forest official, who is admitted at SMS Hospital in Jaipur, is stated to be stable. However, there are deep scars in his right eye. "There is no threat to his life but he has suffered injuries in his eye bone, which could be serious," said Dr RK Nejaw, head of the hospital's surgery unit.
Meanwhile, the tiger was still hiding near the same village till late Friday evening.
A huge police force, forest guards, district officials were stationed on the spot to ward off a possible attack on villagers. "We have put up floodlights in the entire area and villagers have been told to remain indoors until Saturday morning," said Sawai Madhopur collector Siddharth Mahajan. He added that over 120 cops and forest officials were keeping watch on the tiger's movements, while expert tranqulizers had been called from Jaipur so that the tiger could be moved back to the core area.
Balindu Singh Parmar, a hotelier who witnessed the incident, said, "Since the tiger was hiding in three-feet-high millet crop, it was difficult for officials to ascertain whether it had been tranquilized. When Shaktawat tried to get as close as 15 feet, the tiger leapt and attacked him." The tiger almost took the ranger's head in its mouth. There are two canine marks on Shaktawat's nose and one around his head. "Another ranger, Hukum Chand Meena, flung a bamboo stick making the tiger withdraw and hide in the fields," said Dharmendra Khandal from the NGO Tiger Watch.
The visibly tired tiger, however, attacked another person who tried to get too close. The villager from Uliyana, Babu Lal Meena, sustained minor injuries. "The tiger looked tired as villagers had been pelting stones at it from hillocks. We can't really figure out if the tiger too is injured but it may be able to escape the mob only during night," said Khandal.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
05:59 AEST Wed Aug 11 20104
A teenager was killed by an endangered Sumatran tiger as he worked on a rubber plantation on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, an official said Tuesday.
Riau province conservation agency head Danis Woro said 18-year-old Ahmad Rafi died after being mauled in the Rokan Hilir district on Monday.
"This is the first tiger attack in Riau this year," Woro said. "The area used to be a tiger habitat but now it has become a plantation area."
Human-animal conflicts are a growing problem in the archipelago, as forests are destroyed for timber or to make way for palm oil, forcing animals such as tigers and elephants into closer contact with people.
There are fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild, according to the environmental group WWF.
Monday, August 16, 2010
A Siberian tiger killed a keeper in a wildlife rescue center in Anhui province after being left to roam its pen as the area was being cleaned.
Zhan Guanshun died from a bite into his neck after he was attacked and mauled while in the cage on Saturday, the Anhui News reported.
There are nearly 6,000 tigers in captivity across China with just 50 to 60 in the wild. About 20 of those running free are Siberian tigers.
Authorities set up tiger breeding centers during the 1980s with the idea of preserving the big cats.
The stated intention was to release some of the raised tigers into the wild.
But those farms have come under a harsh international spotlight, with conservation groups saying some operators raise the tigers for slaughtering and to sell their parts.
Friday, August 13, 2010
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Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Monday, August 02, 2010
Dr. Dan Laughlin states, “…every white tiger in the U.S. is not only the result of repeated inbreeding of genetically defective animals but, even worse, is a hybrid or crossbred animal. Thus, anyone involved in breeding and/or exhibiting white tigers is doing a great disservice to honest conservation and preservation efforts to save the five remaining and endangered subspecies of tigers barely clinging to survival…”