Special forest being created for Mangala to hunt
Kumali: She was only 60 days old when the forest officials spotted her at the Mangaladevi forest region. The tiger cub was so weak in the absence of her mother. The forest officials took care of her and named her Mangala as she was found here.
Now, after four and half months, a special forest region is being created at the Periyar Tiger Reserve, for training her to hunt for prey.
Mangala was first spotted on November 21, 2020. The health condition of the cub was so worse then. Though efforts were made to find the mother, it was in vain.
Following this, the forest officials decided to take care of the cub. A training ground was prepared for her. If the cub becomes familiar with human odour, there are chances for it to return to residential areas even if sent off into the forest. Hence the training was at the ‘Karadikavala’ in the forest where human interaction was less.
With proper food and exercise, the cub regained health. Now, a forest is being prepared for her to be trained and become strong as setting free into the forest, Mangala could be attacked by other animals.
1.5 acre land will be separated with iron fences within the forest and she will be set free inside it. Small animals will be brought inside and set free for Mangala to hunt.
Once the training is complete, Mangala will be set free into the Periyar Tiger Reserve forest.