After severe flooding struck Kaziranga National Park in Assam, India, last week, many animals were left stranded, unsure of what to do or where to go. As animals from the park roamed around trying to find dry places to rest, one tiger roamed a little too far — and ended up in the most unusual place.
On Thursday morning, someone spotted a tiger walking along next to a highway, most likely on his way to the safety of the nearby Karbi Hills in order to escape the flooding. Something must have startled him, though, because instead of continuing on his way he suddenly jumped over a wall and through the window of a nearby home …
… right into a thankfully empty bedroom, where he settled in on the bed, and went right to sleep.
As soon as the family whose home the tiger had chosen realized exactly who was visiting them, they immediately left the house and reached out for help. Before long, rescuers from the Assam Forest Department, the Wildlife Trust of India and the International Fund for Animal Welfare had all been notified and were working together to figure out exactly how to get the confused, very sleepy tiger safely out of the house without too much commotion.
Dr Samshul Ali/ IFAW-WTI
Luckily, the tiger stayed pretty calm, enjoying his time in the cozy bed he had accidentally found. The tiger actually seemed fairly unfazed by the whole ordeal and mostly slept through it, and so once nighttime hit and there were fewer cars and people around, rescuers were able to close off a section of the highway and then set off some firecrackers, causing the tiger to wake up and exit his way safely out of the house, across the highway and back on his path toward dry ground.
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“The Assam Forest Department is worked round the clock with us to ensure the safety of humans and animals in the wake of floods and receding waters that is throwing such unprecedented challenges each day,” the Wildlife Trust of India wrote in a press release. “This situation is also a strong statement on highways and settlements blocking the animals’ right of passage!”
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