Royal Bengal tiger that swam 120 km across the Brahmaputra river and released into the wild

WATCH: Royal Bengal tiger released into wild after swimming 120 km across Brahmaputra river

Sushant Nanda uploaded a video of the big cat being released into the forest

A Royal Bengal tiger that swam 120 km across the Brahmaputra river to a small island has been released into the wild after a thorough health check-up. On Sunday, Indian Forest Service officer Sushant Nanda uploaded a video of the big cat being released into the forest.

In a tweet, Mr. Nanda wrote, “This tiger swam over 50 km across the Brahmaputra river to reach Umanand Island in Assam. He was caught and released in the forest of Nameri Tiger Reserve today after a health check. Well done team. Assam. Source: FD.” In the video, the wild tiger is seen jumping out of a cage on the back of a car which is left open and slowly disappearing into the bush.

Watch the video here:

The tiger swam away 120 km across the Brahmaputra river And it ends on a small island before it can be seen. It was euthanized soon after and transferred to the State Zoo. In a video that went viral, the tiger was seen swimming swiftly down the Brahmaputra and then hiding in a narrow cave on Mayur Island near Guajati, famous for the ancient Umananda temple.

Forest officials suspect the tiger strayed from Oranga National Park, about 120 km from the island, a 10-minute boat ride across the Brahmaputra from Guwahati city. The animal was probably swept away by the mighty currents of the Brahmaputra while drinking water.

Amid panic among the islanders, a unit of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), which has a base nearby, along with the local police, were alerted. A rescue team including forest officials and veterinarians rushed to the spot in a boat. No one was harmed as the tiger was tranquilized and taken safely off the rocks of the island. After the health check, the tiger was released into the forest.

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