‘Jaichand’ rescued from Gosikhurd main canal

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Jan 2018 09:16:05


By Apoorva Methi,

News of tiger deaths hounded the region in the fag end of 2017. Fortunately though, tenacious efforts on part of Forest staff on Wednesday ensured that the toll does not increase further. A full-grown tiger had accidently fallen into the main canal of Gosikhurd dam near Paoni in Bhandara district. A team of forestmen after hectic efforts of around one hour managed to rescue the beast. The big cat probably fell into he canal while chasing its prey.

It was around 12 noon when farmers working near the canal were taken aback on seeing a tiger helplessly trying to get out of Gosikhurd main canal. The tiger was identified as ‘Jaichand’, offspring of the iconic ‘Jai’ tiger. The canal which connects Gose to Asola- Menda and Sindewahi and lies under Paoni forest range of territorial department and is just about 200 metres away from Umrer-Karhandla-Paoni Wildlife Sanctuary.

The farmers were quick in informing forest officials about the tiger’s presence. Meanwhile, news about it spread like a wildfire and soon thousands of people gathered near the canal to catch a glimpse of the big cat.
‘Jaichand’, officially called T-5, was making hectic attempts to come out of the water but in vain. The tiger slipped back into water every time it attempted to scale inclined wall of the canal.

Soon a rescue team comprising Range Forest Officers Dada Raut, D N Barai (Territorial), Round Officers Dinesh Nandeshwar, Meshram, Forest Guards Kishore Kohat, Bipin Talmale joined by Shahid Pervez of SEAT (Save Environment and Tiger) reached the spot. The team started rescue work by placing a ladder in the canal. After around one hour of efforts, the beast managed to climb onto the ladder and walked out of the canal. Taking a huge leap, the frightened tiger ran away into the nearby forest.

The rescue teams of NNTR (Navegaon Nagzira Tiger Reserve) and RRT (Rapid Response Team) were also summoned at the spot.
‘Jaichand’ was in water for some two hours, according to Dada Raut. The carnivore probably was chasing a prey and in the process fell in the canal.

It may be mentioned that such incidents have become common as there are number of cases in which animals like wild boar, blue bull, bison, spotted deer and others falling in the canal accidentally. Steep walls of the canal make it very difficult for animals to climb out of the water.
Shahid Pervez and other wildlife enthusiast have demanded that the authorities should take up mitigation steps to avoid such incidents.

RFO Raut informed ‘The Hitavada’ that they have already held meeting with the officials of Irrigation Department and have proposed to build either a ramp, a wall from the part near to sanctuary or fencing on 7-8 km patch which is near to the reserved forest area.