Sundarbans tiger

Royal Bengal tiger sneaks out of forest

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A Royal Bengal tiger triggered panic among tourists and villagers in the Sunderbans’ Samshernagar area early on Wednesday when it escaped through a breach in the Jhinga Khali jungle’s wire fencing and tried to swim across the Kukrekhali river to enter human habitation.

Villagers armed with bamboo and iron rods succeeded in scaring the animal away when it was trying to cross a narrow stretch of the river to enter the locality where the forest department’s guest house Banabibi is located. The river cuts across the Jhinga Khali forest range in Hingalganj, in North 24-Parganas.

This article was published by The Telegraph Online on February 12, 2021.