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India’s tiger population rises to 3,000 despite cities expanding
India’s tiger population has grown to nearly 3,000 and has been described by the country’s prime minister as a “historic achievement”.
India estimates its tiger population every few years and the number for 2018 was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.
The tiger population was 2,226 in 2014 and just 1,400 about 15 years ago.
Mr Modi said the number of protected areas for tigers rose from 692 in 2014 to 860 last year while the number of community reserves went from 43 to 100 over the same period.
“With around 3,000 tigers, India has emerged as of one of the biggest and safest habitats for them in the world,” he said.
Belinda Wright, founder of the Wildlife Protection Society of India, based in New Delhi, said India “still has a long way to go to secure a long-term future for wild tigers”.
But she also said India should, nevertheless, be pleased with the results of what was the largest and most thorough estimation of the tiger population.
‘Definitely weird’: man bites snake
An Indian man who was bitten by a snake got his revenge on the reptile by biting it back and killing it, the man’s father said on Monday.
The man, Raj Kumar, was relaxing at home, enjoying a drink on Sunday, when a snake slithered into his house in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, and bit him, said his father.
“A snake bit him. So, in turn, he bit it and chewed it into pieces,” said the father, Babu Ram.
The man’s family took him to hospital where media said his condition was critical. The snake that bit him was reported to have been a rat snake, which experts regard as usually not venomous.
“This is definitely weird,” said Raj Kumar’s doctor, N.P. Singh.
“I’ve seen people coming in with snakebites, but never somebody who bit a snake and then brought it with him in a bag.”
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