Odisha: Similipal elephants to keep watch on big cat’s movement in Satkosia

Baripada: As the new guest Royal Bengal Tiger is showing all positive signs to be member in Satkosia Tiger Reserve, the authorities are planning to send two elephants from Similipal to Satkosia to keep watch on movements of the big cat inside the forest.

The preparation is almost completed to deport Mahendra Kumar and his adult son Rajkumar — the elephants who are the members of Similipal forest — to Satkosia on a special mission.

Worth mentioning, the 56-year-old elephant Mahendra Kumar was brought to Similipal from Karnataka in 2001.

The two huge elephants will stay beside the male Royal Bengal Tiger, who was relocated from Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh to Satkosia three days ago, and will have close watch on the wild animal.

Notably, the tiger was found to adjust with the new climate, environment and forest in Satkosia. The big cat hunted a wild boar, ate it and had bath in the water on Saturday.

The Bengal Tiger was brought as part of inter-state tiger relocation exercise to increase the tiger population at Satkosia Tiger Reserve, which has only two tigers at present.

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