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Tiger climbs ladder to freedom after falling in canal

Press Trust of India  |  Nagpur 

A fell into a while chasing prey today and was rescued by forest officials who lowered a into the water, ending his around two-hour long ordeal.

The three year-old male tiger, named T-5 by the forest officials but popularly called Jaichand, clambered atop the and the net lowered into the and sprinted in the forest, an said.

He disappeared from the view in seconds, to the relief of onlookers who had gathered on the banks of the Gosekhurd in district, where the drama unfolded.

Jaichand is the offspring of the iconic 'Jai' and tigress Chandi, a forest said.

When 250 kg Jai named after character from Sholay went missing in region last year, it led to a massive outcry with fears that the tiger, the largest in India, may have been poached.

Dada Raut, of Umred Pauni Karandhala Wildlife Sanctuary, told that Jaichand probably fell into the canal while chasing prey at around 2 pm today.

"A alerted us and the forest department team reached the spot within 15 minutes. The was finding it hard to come out due to the slippery portions along the canal," Raut said.

"Our team immediately moved into action and put a and other items, to help it come out," he said.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 21:35 IST