Angul: In wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary has stepped up efforts to ensure the safety of animals including Sundari, the tigress brought from Bandhavgarh forest in Madhya Pradesh.
According to reports, human interaction with Sundari, which has been kept inside an enclosure at Raigoda, has been drastically minimised.
Forest personnel looking after the tigress are taking adequate precautionary measures including wearing masks while dealing with the tigress.
“We have taken precautionary measures at Raigoda and other areas of the tiger reserve. The food served to Sundari is being properly tested. Social distancing is being strictly adhered to at Raigoda,” Satkosia Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), P Ramasamy, was quoted as saying by the New Indian Express.
All forest personnel have been directed to use masks and hand sanitisers in the forest and maintain distance from animals. Besides, bathing in water bodies within the sanctuary area has been banned and villagers residing on the fringes of Satkosia are being advised to take water from tanks for their use, Ramasamy added.