Shock video shows forest officials using JCB to pin down tiger at Corbett park – it dies later
A tranquilised tiger died after forest officials brought in an earthmover to subdue it at the Jim Corbett park.
Media reports said the tiger had been given an overdose of tranquilisers. It further suffered injuries, while the earthmover tried to pin it down and succumbed to the trauma.
Indian Express reports that the tiger was found by a herd of migrant labourers in the forests of Belpadav range in the Terai West Forest Division.
It was a man-eater which had killed a woman, Bhagwati Devi and her father-in-law who tried to help it.
Terrified by the presence of a tiger there, the labourers threatened to quit work which put pressure on the forest officials to take fast action.
After shooting the tiger with tranquilising guns, they brought in an earthmover to pin it down, causing injuries in the process. It died when it was being transported to the Nainital Zoo that very day.
A video of the gory incident shows the forest staff using the earthmover machine to pin down the animal, which is still alert and fighting back even after having been shot with the tranquiliser.
A medical staff was quoted saying the tiger suffered from spinal injuries and the reason of its death was not clear.
Debabrata Swain, member secretary, National Tiger Conservation Authority told the newspapaer that they would probe why an earthmover was used to catch a tiger instead of following the normal procedure.