Chief Wildlife Warden Dr Shekhar Kumar Niraj told TNIE, “The animal is stable and is eating 10 to 14 kgs of beef and meat six days in a week and has gained weight.
The tiger then crossed the Masinagudi-Theppakkadu road and headed east towards the Moyar area.
The serum level indicated liver inflammation, but his overall health was improving well, he added.
Sources said Udayan and Srinivasan were used as other experienced kumkis had been stationed in Gudalur forest range for over a month to drive away wild elephants.
“He is anaemic and weak. We need at least 4-7 days to make a complete assessment. There is an old injury in the lower abdomen between the thighs.
The tiger was tranquilized by forest veterinarians at Kootruparai on Moyar Road in Sigur Forest Range of Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) at around 2.30 pm on Friday
Chief Wildlife Warden Shekhar Kumar Neeraj said the team visited Ombetta hoping to capture the animal, but returned empty- handed.
Questions arise on expertise of vets, availability of equipment
Sources said that tiger movement was not recorded in cameras fixed near Moyar river where a cow was believed to have been killed by a tiger on October 8.
Recent rains made it difficult to capture MDT-23, the elusive tiger in Masinagudi, however, the animal would be captured soon, said Forest Minister K Ramachandran on Friday.
As the area is dense forest, we are unable to use drones to find the tiger.
The Forest Department hasn’t sighted the problematic tiger MDT-23 yet, even as the operation to capture and tranquillise it entered the 12th day.
Officials, aided by cattle grazers & tribals, could get within 8m of big cat, but thick bushes keep them from tranquilising it.