Bathery: A mother tiger has been crying in distress since the last ten days, after her cub had fallen into a deep ditch near Mandamkolli. The tormenting wailing sound of the tiger, that lasted for 10 minutes, was caught on a nearby camera installed by the Kerala Independent Farmers Association (KIFA) at around 1 am. Even though the image of the tiger has not been captured,a unique roaring sound is heard at intervals . Earlier, the same sound was heard in a video that had captured the image of the tiger. Meanwhile, the forest department has increased patrolling in this area. The roaring sound was heard again, indicating that the tiger hasn’t left even after ten days.
It was on 17 February that the baby tiger had fallen into a deep pit in a plot owned by a private individual. The forest department had earlier said that the cub was rescued using a tranquilizer gun and then sent away with the mother on 19 February. However, later, the image of a female tiger was captured on a camera installed by the forest department at the forest border.
Yesterday, besides the roar, the private camera had captured the flash from a nearby camera installed by the forest department. Experts say that it is likely that the mother has come back for her offspring. Paul Mathews who analysed the sound samples using a software called Audacity said that similar spectrogram patterns have been recorded. From this, it could be assumed that the same wild cat reaches near the pit every day.
Limping tiger spotted on road side
Bathery: A tiger has been roaming the sides of the National Highway in Nayketti since a few days. The video of the tiger, walking beside the road near Illichodu at night, was captured by people who passed in cars. The tiger could be seen limping in the video. The authorities supposes that the tiger may have been injured. Meanwhile, the intimidated tiger went into the plot of a private individual when when vehicles blew horn.
Many people in the area vow that they have spotted the tiger. Autorickshaw driver NC Shaji who transports newspaper bundles from Bathery to Naykety, in the wee hours, had seen the tiger a few days ago. The tiger had crossed the road in front of the autorickshaw when he reached Nayketi at around 4.30 am. Shaji said he stopped the autorickshaw thinking that the animal was a huge deer. However, he soon realised that it was a tiger.