Odisha: Animal lovers delight as Royal Bengal Tiger found in Keonjhar forest

Keonjhar/Bhubaneswar: An adult Royal Bengal Tiger (RBT) was detected today in the Patana forest range of Keonjhar district, PCCF (Wildlife) Sushil Kumar Popli informed.

The movement of the big cat has been captured on camera and the photos have gone viral on social media. The detection of RBT has brought good news for animal lovers.

According to the senior forest official, the age of the RBT would be around four years. It is suspected that the tiger has entered Patana forest from Similipal and it was on its way back when the movement was captured. Keonjhar forest department is alert following the detection of the big cat.

A number of teams have been deployed to monitor the tiger’s movement in the forest and CCTV cameras are being installed for the purpose.

“Villagers of the fringe areas have nothing to panic about as the forest department has been keeping a strict vigil on the movement of the RBT. We have alerted the locals for their safety,” the PCCF said.

This is not the first time that an RBT was spotted in Keonjhar forests.

Perhaps, the adult tiger is now making its own territory. The department has taken it as a mission to protect the tiger, PCCF (Wildlife) Popli added.

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