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PTI | Nagpur | Updated: 13-11-2018 13:44 IST | Created: 13-11-2018 13:44 IST

A video of a tigress

chasing a tourist vehicle in the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve

in Maharashtra has gone viral on social media.

In the video clip, tourists were seen having

goosebumps as they noticed the striped animal running after

their sport utility vehicle (SUV).

Range Forest Officer Raghvendra Moon said the incident

took place on Sunday in a buffer zone of the tiger reserve,

located in the neighbouring Chandrapur district.

The three-and-a-half year old tigress, named 'Chhoti

Madhu', may have got infuriated due to the visitors' vehicle

coming very near to her, he said.

Following the incident, the road in the forest was

closed for visitors for a week, he said.

Officials of the forest department later held meetings

with tourist guides and drivers and asked them to maintain a

minimum 50-metre distance from felines in the forest, he said.

Tourists were also being asked to follow the forest

department's guidelines before entering a wildlife habitat,

the official said.

Maharashtra has six tiger reserves which cover an area

of around 9,116 sq km.

Pench, Melghat, Sahyadri and Tadoba-Andhari are some

of the popular tiger reserves that attract a large number of

wildlife enthusiasts every year.

There are nearly 165 tigers inhabiting the state's

reserves where eco-tourism generated a collective revenue of

around Rs 11.76 crore in 2017-18, another forest official

said.


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