A Tiger’s Tale | Jungle Animal Rescue

published on July 2, 2020

[music playing]

[whistling]

Put both locks on, make
sure it's safe and secure

Thank you

NARRATOR: At the Wildlife SOS's
Rescue Center in Bengaluru–

Let's quickly do
a check on Jawara

NARRATOR: Jawara, the
elderly Bengal tiger,

has spent a couple
of days recuperating

inside the sanctuary's hospital

OK, let's start
putting out the chicken

We're going to put a
couple of pieces of chicken

around the enclosure,
leading him in the direction

towards the gate, which is
going to lead out in into acres

and acres of forest

NARRATOR: The team hopes
Jawara is well enough to return

to his forested enclosure
inside the Tiger Rescue Center,

but only if he passes
Kartick's chicken test

That will also give
us an opportunity

to see him walk and move

REED HARRISON: If we can
see him eat that chicken,

then we'll know for sure
whether the tooth problem,

whether we've addressed
it sufficiently

All right

REED HARRISON: Jawara's
life here with us

is a bit like living
in the retirement home

A tiger with injuries similar
to Jawara's is really not able

to hunt as he once would have

He's not able to dominate the
territory that traditionally

would have been his

[growls]

REED HARRISON: It's
very likely that he

may have been killed by
another dominant male

in this territory

KARTICK SATYANARAYAN: I
guess now it's all up to him

Release the tiger

He's moving

Oh, my god

Ran out of there

KARTICK SATYANARAYAN: He's
walking more comfortably

Oh, look at him

REED HARRISON: There
he goes into his pool

He's looking for the chicken

Oh

KARTICK SATYANARAYAN:
He took it

REED HARRISON: He likes that

KARTICK SATYANARAYAN:
Yes, he took it

He's looking great

He's looking alert and sharp

And he's not wheezing

Brilliant, yes

REED HARRISON: OK, good

KARTICK SATYANARAYAN:
That's amazing

Look at him

He's eating so comfortably

REED HARRISON: He's eating
on the right side as well

KARTICK SATYANARAYAN: I've not
seen him eat like this before

He's really chewing

And that, I think, is a great
sign that his dental work

has worked

Look at him

I am so impressed

He is chomping, and
chomping, and chomping

REED HARRISON: He does
seem very relieved

Do you think maybe we
should move to the side,

and then he would be
encouraged to come

out into the broader enclosure?

KARTICK SATYANARAYAN: Yes,
I think that's a good idea

REED HARRISON: OK

KARTICK SATYANARAYAN:
He's kind of following

the tree, exactly as per plan

And he's heard the gate open

And we want to see
him walk out of here

He's grooming his
coat and his neck,

just like a little
cat, only about,

you know, 500 pounds heavier

That's a sign of a happy animal

He's now moving

He's coming towards the gate

(WHISPERING) See the forest

He can smell forest

All he needs to do is take a few
steps and go through that gate

He's scent marking

See, he's spraying on the tree

That means he is really
happy because he treats

this as part of his territory

REED HARRISON: He's thinking
about the back door, huh?

KARTICK SATYANARAYAN: Yes

Now he's going

Yes

He's out in the
forest enclosure now

He settled himself down
there to finish his snacks

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