Team Blitz India
THRISSUR: The Department of Wildlife Welfare and Forests shifted the tiger of Choorimala which had turned a regular cattle lifter to the Thrissur Zoological Park at Puthur on January 29 night.
The 10-year-old male tiger was trapped in the cage laid by the forest department on January 28. After a proper medical examination at the Animal Hospices and Palliative Centre at Pachadi, the tiger was shifted the next day to ensure fewer disturbances from vehicular movement and also to reduce travel time, according to forest officials.
According to South Wayanad District Forest Officer (DFO) Shajna Karim, the tiger had problems with its hunting teeth, canine teeth and cloves of paw which would have prompted it to become a cattle lifter. “Such animals cannot hunt the prey that could easily skip off their clutches, The tiger was shifted to the Zoological Park to ensure better treatment facilities and better ambience”, she added.
In the wee hours of January 27, the tiger killed and devoured the cow of Thanattukudiyil Rajan. The remains of the kill were found by the family during a search conducted at the surroundings the next morning.