Baripada, Nov 5 (LocalWire): People from various walks of life came forward to pay tribute to ‘Khairi’ – the pet tigress that had shot into fame in the Seventies.
The tigress was reared and nurtured by late IFS officer Saroj Raj Chaudhary and his spouse who had adopted it as their child after the two-month-old cub had been rescued from Jashipur forest on 5 October, 1974.
Floral tributes were paid to the tigress on its 39th death anniversary yesterday. Forest officials joined visitors and tourists along with local settlers in remembering Khairi.
The forest department has put in place a memorial at the Similipal Tiger Reserve in Mayurbhanj district. The installation of the memorial is a fitting tribute to Khairi as its domesticated instincts and camaraderie with humans had drawn global attention.
Similipal had become the favoured destination for international tourists because of Khairi’s presence, said forest official Ajit Kumar Satpatthy.