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Tiger Rescued from Islamabad Successfully Transferred to South Africa

The Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB) announced on Thursday the successful relocation of a Bengal tiger rescued more than two years ago in the federal capital to a sanctuary in South Africa. Dubbed “Baboo,” the tiger was discovered at a veterinarian’s office in Islamabad on December 7, 2022, when he was just four months old. At the time, he was found to be severely malnourished and suffering from over 10 bone fractures. Since then, the IWMB and Second Chance Wildlife (SCW) have been caring for him.

Under the guidance of The Aspinall Foundation in South Africa, Baboo received extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation, including a specialized diet, daily physical therapy, and exposure to sunlight.

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Now 17 months old and weighing over 70 kg, Baboo has safely completed his journey to South Africa, the IWMB confirmed in a press release. After a road trip to Islamabad Airport, Baboo embarked on two international flights before arriving at the Isindile Big Cat and Predator Sanctuary. Despite a lengthy road transfer from OR Tambo International Airport, he reached his destination safely.

Baboo will now reside at the sanctuary alongside another rescued female tiger. Specially constructed platforms and a splash pool have been prepared for his comfort.

Currently, the sanctuary is home to only one female tiger named Amber, whose enclosure is adjacent to Baboo’s new habitat. The IWMB expressed hope that the two tigers will develop a special bond over time.

 

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