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 as extremely scared as they noticed the striped animal running after their sport utility vehicle (SUV) on Sunday.
Range Forest Officer Raghvendra Moon said the incident took place 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 because of the visitors’ vehicle coming very near to her, he said. The incident prompted the road in the forest to be closed for visitors for a week. 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.