Indian Forestry Officials Monitor Tiger’s Journey to Bangladesh
It takes five to seven days and costs ₹1,299 for an Indian to get a tourist visa for Bangladesh. Another option, perhaps, would be to wear a tiger costume.
Indian Forestry Services officer Parveen Kaswan recently shared a photo of a tiger that had crossed the border in the Sundarbans.
“This tiger covered 100 km and reached Bangladesh from India. Without visa though. Crossed creeks, islands & ocean,” he tweeted.
Forestry officials and wildlife experts in West Bengal had captured the tiger in the Sunderban Tiger Reserve, fitted it with a radio collar, and released it in late December 2020, hoping to study its movements and interactions with humans. Using satellite data, they were able to monitor the tiger as it travelled 100 km in four months, a journey that included crossing several rivers and three islands.
“After initial movements for a few days on the Indian side, it started venturing into the Talpatti island in Bangladesh Sunderbans and crossed rivers such as Choto, Harikhali, Boro Harikhali and even the Raimangal,” West Bengal’s chief wildlife warden VK Yadav told Times of India.
He added that the tiger may have originally traveled from Bangladesh to India. That may explain why it was able to enter Bangladesh without a visa.
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