Big cat nap! Tired tiger snoozes in family home after escaping heavy flooding in India
- The adult female tiger found shelter in a garage in north-eastern state of Assam
- Wild animals have been seeking shelter in villages during heavy monsoon rains
- Homeowner Motilal and his family saw tiger asleep on bed at 7.30am yesterday
- Tiger was eventually woken by rescuers who set off firecrackers across the road
This is the astonishing moment an exhausted tiger was seen having a snooze on a bed in a garage after desperately seeking shelter during heavy floods in India.
In the footage, taken in the north-eastern state of Assam, the animal is fast asleep and rests its head on its paw.
Shocked homeowner Motilal and his family spotted the beast at around 7.30am on Thursday.
Officials from the Wildlife Trust India said the tiger had been sighted near a national highway outside Kaziranga National Park when it jumped towards the garage.
The adult female tiger has a snooze on a bed in a garage in the north-eastern India state of Assam. It was spotted by the homeowner and his family at 7.30am on Thursday
The wild animal had been desperately seeking refuge from heavy monsoon rains in the region. Before entering the garage, it was seen on a highway close to the Kaziranga National Park
The tiger is eventually woken after rescuers set off firecrackers across the road. It then leaves the garage and makes its way towards the forest
The adult female tiger is one of many animals which have been approaching people’s homes after monsoon rains hit the region.
‘It appears the tiger strayed into a human settlement area to escape the floods and was very tired,’ said park director Shiv Kumar.
The tiger was not initially disturbed during her nap – but eventually an operation was launched to safely remove her.
A rescue team blocked traffic on the road for over an hour before setting off firecrackers to wake her up.
She finally left the property at around 5.30pm local time and made her way to the forest, according to The Mirror.
The state’s Kaziranga National Park, which is home to tigers and endangered one-horned rhinos, was waist-deep in water, with animals sheltering in higher areas, and some straying into villages.
The floods have killed at least 43 animals, but authorities worry that poachers could take advantage of the deluge to target animals, especially one-horned rhinos, whose numbers are down to about 3,500 worldwide.
The state’s Kaziranga National Park is home to tigers and endangered one-horned rhinos – some of which sought shelter in higher areas
None of the park’s 110 tigers have so far died during the floods.
‘The biggest worry during the floods is from poachers who might take advantage of the rhinos moving to the hills and kill the animals for their horn,’ said Assam Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya.
The death toll in India’s eastern state of Bihar, which was swamped by waters from the neighbouring Himalayan nation of Nepal, jumped to 67, as rescuers reached further into flood-hit areas.
Kaziranga National Park is located on the Brahmaputra river’s floodplain and is home to the largest population in the world of Indian rhinoceroses (Rhinoceros unicornis) which are listed as ‘Vulnerable’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List.
Villagers from Jhargaon – one of the flood-hit villages in Assam – make their way to safety earlier this week
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