A five-year-old Royal Bengal Tiger named Kadamba scared the wits out of the weekend crowd at the Nehru Zoological Park here on Saturday by jumping a 10-feet-high wall of the enclosure and disappearing into the thick of the park.
The zoo authorities later helped the panic-stricken visitors reach the parking area through the entrance with the help of the public announcement system.
The tiger, which recently arrived at the park recently from Dr Shivaram Karanth Biological Park in Pilikula, Mangaluru, was not in its original self on Saturday. Although zoo officials tamed it with tranquilizer darts and put it back into the enclosure, the real reason why Kadamba jumped the enclosure was not known. It came out of the tranquilizer’s influence later.
According to sources, the tiger was not happy as it was shifted to a new enclosure for mating and wanted to get back its designated area. “It has jumped the enclosure out into the open pathway,” a zookeeper said. The zoo authorities immediately closed all other gates to isolate Kadamba before taming it.
Meanwhile, the zoo authorities ordered an internal enquiry on the lapses that led to the tiger’s escape. It was brought here because of space constraint in Pilikula. Two other tigers by the name of Krishna and Shambhavi were sent to a zoo in Surat.