BHUBANESWAR: A trip to the White Tiger Safari of Nandankanan Zoological Park turned scary for about 25 tourists when the bus they were travelling in got stuck in a mud pool on Friday.
With two big cats __ Bijay and Ragini __ circling the vehicle, the tourists panicked but the driver and escort staff immediately informed the park officials who sent in a second bus, transferred the passengers and brought them out of the safari.
Zoo officials said the entire exercise took about 30 minutes. The bus carrying the tourists was going round the 12-hectare safari when one of its tyres got stuck in the mud at about 3.30 pm. While the driver attempted in vain to get the bus back on track, the two tigers, which were nearby, made rounds of the vehicle leaving the tourists in a state of panic.
“As soon as we learnt about it, a second bus was sent in and passengers were transferred,” a zoo spokesman said. Normal service resumed soon after the tourists were taken out of the safari.