Tranquiliser guns, guards deployed at all enclosures, Bannerghatta Biological Park beefs up preventive measures
news Friday, September 26, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | September 25, 2014 | 08:30 am IST In the wake of a youth being killed by a tiger after he fell into its enclosure in a Delhi Zoo, the Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) in Bangalore has decided to take some additional precautionary measures to avoid any such circumstances, states a report by Bangalore Mirror. The BBP has footfalls of 3,000 to 4,000 on weekdays and 10,000 to 12,000 on weekends, and though the Park authorities feel that they are equipped to handle situations similar to the Delhi one, they are not leaving anything to chance. Guards will be deployed at all enclosures in the 7.33-square km park. "We have four tranquiliser guns and trained experts will be on standby at all times to address such extreme situations. A full-fledged hospital with X-Ray and scanning facility was also recently built on the premises," Range Gowda, Executive Director of BBP told Bangalore Mirror. "Safaris are conducted in sealed buses and no one is allowed to peep out of windows', he added. The BBP houses nearly 1,500 animals belonging to 74 different species. According to Gowda, irresponsible and 'abnormal' behaviour by visitors often gives rise to such accidents, referring to the Delhi incident where the tiger mauled the youth after some visitors pelted stone at it, adds the report.