How a brave billy goat and a Siberian tiger became best friends.
A goat has died of ‘natural causes’ four years after forming an unlikely friendship with a Siberian tiger having being fed to it as live prey.
Timur the Russian billy goat was intended to be the big cat’s lunch in 2015 but for some reason, he didn’t quite fancy what was on the menu that day.
Tiger Amur could have killed the goat in an instant but never did and the pair soon became the most extraordinary of friends and playmates. Incredible footage shows the pair playing together at a safari park, in eastern Russia, with Timur bravely head-butting the tiger.
Timur, a Billy goat, was supposed to be the lunch for the tiger some 4 years ago, died a natural death.
But the tiger didn’t like his lunch and they became friends, extraordinary friends.
Recently the vet discovered ailments with the goat and now the goat passed away because of natural causes, leaving the tiger alone.
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Tigers On The Prowl In Madhya Pradesh? Old Images Recycled To Create A Scare.
A set of several unrelated images of a tiger and a leopard on the prowl are viral on social media with false claims that the animals were spotted near the national park area of Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh.
The posts feature images of a tiger crossing the road at night and another where a tiger can be seen devouring a cow. Another image is of a leopard photographed from a nearby tree, sitting amidst motorbikes lying on the ground. In the next image, men can be seen taking shelter on a tree, possibly to save themselves from the leopard.
Some people in India like to scare others and are spreading fake news about tiger and leopard attacks.
Such a shame.
Dead Tigress Wasn’t Poisoned, Says Forensic Report.
Forensic laboratory of the Forest Department submitted the test report after one month on Wednesday morning.
Kanak Roy, a senior lab technician of Wildlife Crime Control Unit, said five types of samples of the tiger were tested in their forensic lab.
One month ago a dead tiger was found in the Shrankhola range of the Bangladesh part of the Sundarbans.
Poisoning was mentioned a lot by people when discussing the possible cause.
But now forensics have declared that poisoning was not the cause of death.
The tiger died a natural death.
The Malayan tiger captured in a village in Dungun, Terengganu after it was spotted strolling casually has died from the canine distemper virus, the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) said today.
In a statement, the department said the tiger, named Awang Besul, sported injuries to its legs and an eye infection. It was also dehydrated when it was captured.
The Malayan Tiger was transferred to the National Wildlife Rescue Centre (NWRC) in Sungkai, for intensive treatment from Perhilitan’s veterinary doctor, and was quarantined.
“Observations at the NWRC between July 20 to July 23 show neurological symptoms. It was not aggressive, walking in circles, experienced seizures and had nasal discharge.
“After various efforts to treat and save Awang Besul, we are saddened to inform that at 5.30am, Awang Besul was confirmed dead at the NWRC by Perhilitan’s veterinary doctor, and a post-mortem would be conducted soon,” said Perhilitan.
Photos and videos of the event were captured by the villagers and have been circulating on social media since yesterday. One of the tigers was seen running around the village and minding its own business as villagers gathered around, not knowing what to do.
The tiger was spotted on May 26 at 2:38 am in a valley that falls under the Kedarnath forest division.The sighting of the tiger at this unusual height indicated that the big cat was changing its habitat, said experts. “We had put camera traps in this area at a height of around 3500m and the tiger was spotted at a height of 3400m. Tiger are generally found in low altitude areas, and such a sighting clearly shows that tigers are changing their habitat,” said Amit Kanwar, divisional forest officer, Kedarnath.
In 2016, a tiger was spotted at 3274m (approximately 10,741 ft) in Askot in Uttarakhand. Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim have also reported the presence of big cats at similar elevations. India is home to 2,226 tigers, according to the All India Tiger Estimation, 2015. The present spotting of tiger at 3400m is likely to be the highest in the country. Before this, a tiger was spotted at 3274 m in Askot landscape in March 2016, which was then said to be the highest in the country by a Wildlife Institute of India report.
Mr Shafat Ali Khan, who is called to hunt man-eaters, broke down at a media conference on Wednesday while speaking about the possible demolition of the family’s ancestral palace, Errum Manzil, to construct the new Assembly building.
The descendants of Fakhrul Mulk said that they have no intention to confront government and would not challenge the decision to demolish the palace in court. They were simply appealing with folded hands to Chief Minister K. Chandresekhar Rao to drop the idea of demolishing Errum Manzil. They said that they were not against the construction of a new Assembly building at Errum Manzil, but government can build the new structures around the heritage building which can be used to receive foreign dignitaries on par with Hyderabad House where the Government of India hosts international leaders.
Now that the Jaipur Literary Festival (JLF) in London is over, one needs a few days to reflect on what one learned from an intense weekend fizzing with ideas and discussions on a dizzying range of topics. ZEE JLF at the British Library in London has become a firm and welcomed fixture in the UK’s annual calendar. The literary festival, which originated in Jaipur a decade ago as a unique celebration of writing about South Asia, has extended its reach with international editions spread across destinations as diverse as Belfast, Houston, New York, Colorado, Toronto, and Adelaide. Lovers of words and literature are able to escape from the stresses of their daily lives to hear a host of famous authors talk about their books and exchange views on issues that matter to us all and analyze the significance and impact of historical events.
ZEE JLF is an exuberant celebration of literature, poetry, dance, the arts, and sport. I would add another word to define ZEE JLF in London this year – comforting. The reason for this is that today, when one is exposed to hate-filled messages in the media and in daily discourse, it was comforting to find that there are still people who believe in free expression, harmony, and pluralism. Even in the debates and discussions with speakers who fiercely held opposing views, the tone was civil and did not descend into vicious personal attacks as has become the norm in so many TV shows.
In a major step to tackle shortage of field staff, the state government has notified the creation of 3,085 additional posts in the forest department. As per a government order on May 9, 1,500 forest guards and 751 deputy range forest officers will be recruited to strengthen the conservation of tiger reserves, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in the state between 2019 and 2024.
This decision was taken following recommendations submitted by PCCF Deepak Sharma’s Committee to revamp the department. In fact, this committee had submitted the report in 2015 and had recommended re-organisation of the state forest department, including review of various cadres. New forest divisions and new ranges were created to improve the administration in protected areas and special rapid response teams were set up to address the problem of man-animal conflict in affected areas.
A senior forest official said, “Additional posts of forest guards and foresters will be created in Nagarhole, BRT, Bandipur, Dandeli, Anshi, Bhadra, Kudremukh, Cauvery and MM Hills. Even sanctioned posts that are vacant will be filled up soon.”Recruitment for 323 posts will be done this year while 613 posts will be filled next year. In 2022-23, 920 posts will be added.
Preliminary post-mortem report of the male tiger – ST-16 – that died on Saturday at the Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar district of Rajasthan indicated that the possible cause could be heatstroke, The Times of India reported. A tumour on its leg must have weakened the big cat.
The post-mortem of the tiger was conducted on Sunday by experts from Indian Veterinary Research Institute in Bareilly, National Tiger Conservation Authority, Wildlife Institute of India and other local staff.
“The autopsy revealed that the tiger had a tumour on its leg which had reached its bones,” Chief Wildlife Warden Arindam Tomar told The Times of India. “While heatstroke seems to be the cause of death according to the initial reports, the tumour could have also weakened the animal, because of which it was unable to take the heat.”
Wildlife enthusiast and naturalist, Jignesh Patel, who has now authored the new book ‘Tigers Of Tadoba’ which will be released this Sunday (June 9), said that while cases and incidents of tiger poaching are more contained now, as compared to a decade ago, often the big cats are trapped snares installed to hunt wild boars.
“After declaring tigers as schedule-I species and some strict actions taken by government towards poachers, such illegal activities like tiger poaching has to some extent reduced. But still, in some parts of the Maharashtra forest it has been observed snare traps for herbivores and wild boars for meat consumption are set up; and accidentally tigers get trapped. Particularly, forest areas close to human habitation observe these poaching cases,” said Patel, who has spent years following tiger trails at Tadoba forest in Maharashtra.
The tigress was tranquilised near Koregaon village on Friday by a team comprising veterinary doctor Ravikant Khobragade, who darted the animal, according to a press note issued by the department. The Indian Express had reported about the intense human-tiger conflict in the Brahmapuri divisional forest in Chandrapur district last week.
“The tigress, a sub-adult, was found to be responsible for at least two deaths on March 27 and April 6 by virtue of GPS location and camera trap photo, respectively,” said Deputy Conservator of Forest, Kulraj Singh.
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation will build two fences to guide wild animals, especially tigers, into using Highway 304’s wildlife corridor linking the Unesco World Heritage-listed Khao Yai and Thap Lan national parks. The wildlife corridor, which was officially opened in March this year, is on the Kabin Buri-Pak Thong Chai route in Prachin Buri.
The Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) lost Yash, the royal Bengal male tiger, at the age of 12, on Tuesday around 5.45 pm. Tiger Yash was operated twice for a growth on the face, in last one year and had been diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer.
Yash was born in SGNP in 2008 to Basanti and Palash. As reported by the pathologist from Bombay Veterinary College, Yash was suffering from an embryonal type Rhabdomyosarcoma. The Pathology Department of BVC conducted the post-mortem of Yash today. He had lost considerable amount of body weight, since he was last operated in March 2019.
Jamespur, Satjelia, Dayapur, Sonaga, Lahiripur — residents of these tiny villages in the Indian part of Sundarbans have lived with the Royal Bengal Tiger over the years. A common tale in this part of West Bengal is how scores of villagers have lost their near and dear ones to the enigmatic predator that lords over the world’s largest mangrove habitat. Ditto is the experience of villagers staying in the Bangladesh part of the swampy forest.
It’s been more than four years since a magnitude 7.8 earthquake devastated Nepalese cities, claiming thousands of lives. Since then, there have been thousands of aftershocks. Yet when I spoke with residents of Bharatpur – Nepal’s fourth largest city – as part of my ongoing research, beginning in 2014, I was surprised to discover they were more concerned about wild animal attacks than the prospect of another high-magnitude quake.
Understanding what people worry about is crucial to preparing for natural hazards such as earthquakes and mitigating their effects. To prevent disasters, local people, municipal authorities and national governments all need to pull in the same direction – especially when budgets are low for disaster planning. But if residents feel that their everyday fears are ignored by those in power, they may disengage, leaving authorities unable to influence their behaviour in a time of crisis.
Just days before the Model Code of Conduct for the Lok Sabha elections came into effect last month, the Maharashtra government handed over forest land that is part of a tiger corridor to a private manufacturer of hand grenades and ammunition.
According to state forest department officials, nearly 88 hectares of forest land which is part of the tiger corridor near the Bor-Pench-Melghat tiger reserves have been handed over to Solar Industries India Ltd for setting up the ammunition manufacturing facility.
Sikkim Biodiversity and Forest Management project (SBFP) under the forest, Environment & Wildlife Management Deptt, Govt of Sikkim in a press conference today stated that the majestic Royal Bengal tiger was captured in one of the cameras, on the night of February 5th 2019 at 09:20:36 pm at Ek Ghothey at an altitude Of 11,715 ft. (3571 masl) with a recorded atmospheric temperature of -3•C.
This is the highest elevation record of tiger in the state. Earlier record. Spoke of tigers at an altitude Of 10,000 ft in the state, So far the elevation of 11,909 ft. is the highest camera trapped photographic evidence of tiger presence In the Indian part of the Eastern Himalayas in Arunachal Pradesh.
Wichien Chinnawong, chief of the Thung Yai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary in Kanchanaburi, plans to propose that the Department of National Park Wildlife and Plant Conservation close the Thung Yai forest for six months during the rainy season.
He said 12 tigers had been seen on trap cameras in the forest, suggesting it was highly fertile. To help natural resources to flourish, Wichien said he would ask the department to close Thung Yai forest. The plan followed a 30-minute video by a teacher, Supranee Panasuksan, that showed a Karen woman, identified as Po-che, and her husband meeting a tiger on a path. They were near their village in Tambon Lai Wo, Sangkhla Buri district. The couple abandoned their motorcycle and climbed a tree although the tiger was not hostile.
Officials stated that while measures are being taken for conservation of tigers, in many cases the reason for tiger deaths remains unknown due to inadequate information provided by the Maharashtra government.
This year too has seen the death of at least seven tigers till April. While one tiger succumbed to natural causes, the reason for the deaths of six other tigers is still under scrutiny. “We have not got the information from the state forest department about the reason behind the deaths of other tigers,” said an NTCA official.
The Sundarbans, 4,000 square miles of marshy land in Bangladesh and India, hosts the world’s largest mangrove forest and a rich ecosystem supporting several hundred animal species, including the endangered Bengal tiger.
The Amur tigers Pavlik and Yelena, who are currently staying at the Centre for the Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals (Tiger Centre), will soon be released into the wild on 14-15 May in the southern Amur Region.
According to Valery Pogosiyenko, head of the wildlife preservation and protected areas department at the Directorate for the Protection and Use of Wildlife and Protected Areas of the Amur Region, the release of the two young tigers might increase the tiger population in the Amur River basin.
The Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court (HC) on Thursday issued notices to hunters Asghar Ali Khan, his father Shafath, the Maharashtra government, the forest department, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and the Yavatmal district administration regarding the killing of tigress T1 or Avni in November 2018.
With atmospheric temperature increasing and weather growing hot and dry, Pilibhit tiger reserve authorities have enforced a special drive to replenish all its waterbodies, both natural and manmade, to provide drinking to wild animals and birds, besides protecting aquatic creatures by maintaining adequate water level in reservoirs.
“Jonathan was concerned for the welfare of several large cats in his approximate area including the tiger and took unilateral action to allow them access to protection from the elements,” the sanctuary said in a statement on Wednesday. “During that process, a safety protocol had obviously failed resulting in the incident.”