Forest Minister K Raju has ordered a probe into the escape of tigress Vaiga from its cage at the Lion Safari Park at Neyyar. The tigress, which was captured from Pulpally, Wayanad, last week was transferred and confined in a cage since its arrival at Neyyar.
The tigress was reported missing on October 31. She was discovered a few hours later after an intensive search, only to go missing again. Caretakers of the park claim that the tigress that is said to be suffering from lung disease bent the bars of its cage and escaped. The news about the tigress escaping its cage created panic in the Park’s neighboring area, especially when a fake WhatsApp message reported that the tiger was spotted close to Neyyar Dam. The animal was finally captured after forest officers shot it with a tranquilizer.
Raju, who named the animal Vaiga during a visit, said that the park, which is scheduled to reopen for visitors next week, will come under round-the-clock surveillance. A new treatment cage would also be added.