Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – A boy kidnapped by a tiger is lucky to be alive after the animal left him when his mother chased after him.
The unnamed child, believed to be 5 years old, was sitting in his hut with his mother and siblings when the big cat approached, according to local authorities.
The woman, locally named Kiran Baiga, jumped and chased the animal as she screamed, according to YP Singh, field manager of Sanjay-Dubri National Park and Tiger Reserve in the central state of Madhya Pradesh.
As in other national parks in India, Sanjay-Dubri has a core where most of the wildlife is found. This is surrounded by a buffer zone where some people live alongside animals that roam freely.
Singh said the family lives in the village of Badi’ Jiryeh, which is located within the buffer zone of the reserve, and is unfenced.
Talking about the incident on November 30, Singh told CNN: “The lady was sitting in her hut with her children when the tiger came. It took the baby and he started running away when the lady chased after him, she screamed and more people showed up, so the tiger left the baby and ran away “.
Singh said the boy was slightly injured but is now fully recovered.
He wasn’t seriously injured but the tiger’s teeth sank into him. He has been taken to the hospital and is completely fine now.”
Although it is called a tiger reserve, the park is home to a wide variety of animals including 32 species of mammals – leopards among them.
Singh said wildlife teams are monitoring the area, but added: “The tiger doesn’t care what the core or the buffer zone is, and there are no fixed boundaries for them.”
These forests are monitored by forest officials but not every movement of wild animals can be tracked. You can only track animals with collars, otherwise the animals move freely.”
Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Tweet on Tuesday That the mother chased the animal for a distance of one kilometer (0.62 miles). He added, “This courage in the face of death is an amazing form of motherhood. Congratulations to the mother, Mrs. Kiran Baiga, on behalf of the people of the state.”
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