04 November 2018
Angul: The special teams from Kanha and Pench tiger reserves are all set to begin the tranquilization process of Royal Bengal Tigress ‘Sundari’ and meanwhile all eyes are on jumbo ‘Jashoda’.
The trained elephant ‘Jashoda’ was brought from Chandaka in a truck to Satkosia in order to expedite the tranquilization process. The jumbo was kept in Court Range premises for medical examination and the teams are now set to mount on Jahsoda’s back and embark on the operation.
As many as thirty forest officials and three vehicles will be involved in the operation. A stretcher and several medicines have also been kept handy to attend to medical emergencies. The team has begun the mock drill process following which the main phase will begin.
According to sources, a trap will be laid tonight if the tranquilization process fails. If the operation is successful, the Sundari will be first shifted to Raiguda enclosure. The wild cat’s movement was last noted in Tikarpada Forest Range.
Notably on October 25, the two special teams were roped in to expedite the process of tranquilizing the Bengal tigress after three consecutive tries by the team present here.
Odisha Forest and Environment Department Minister Bijayshree Routray has already said that the ‘intelligent’ creature is likely to be brought out of Satkosia and relocated to Nandankanan Zoological Park in Bhubaneswar, once captured.