Namibia: September 17 is a special day for India. The reason is that on that day 8 Chivingi tigers are brought from Africa. These are brought from Namibia in Africa to Jaipur in Rajasthan. For this, a B747 jumbo jet has reached the capital of Namibia. 5 female chives and 3 male chives are brought in that jet. All these arrive at Jaipur airport. From there, they will be brought by helicopter to Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh and will be inaugurated in the park by the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
After the 1950s, tigers were almost completely extinct in India, but their return to the Indian forests has caused great excitement among wildlife enthusiasts. Commenting on the chives’ journey, the Deputy Consul to Nambia tweeted, ‘A special bird has set foot in the land of the brave. It will bring these ambassadors of goodwill to the land of the Tigers.’
The interior of this plane is specially designed to bring in mosquitoes. A tiger’s face is painted on the exterior. 8 shrimps are housed in individual cages in the inner cabin. The cages are accessible to veterinarians. This ultra long range flight will take 16 hours to reach India. They have decided to bring fuel without stopping anywhere. So the plane is operated with full fuel. It is brought in as stopping the aircraft in between can cause health problems for chives.
Forest department officials have said that these tigers should not eat on an empty stomach during the entire journey. Because sometimes during a long journey, the shrimps may experience discomfort including nausea, so they are made to travel on an empty stomach.
In 1952, the government declared chivingi tigers completely extinct in India. It is said that the last chive was found dead in Sal forest in Chhattisgarh’s Koria district in 1948 and may be the last chive in India.
How did chives become extinct? – Theodore Bhaskaran has shared many interesting facts about these chiving tigers in his book Thamarai Phuttha Thadagam. From his book, “Before the gun came to our country i.e. before the 16th century, the kings used to catch tigers and hunt them.
They blindfold the hunting birds and take them to the forest in bullock carts. If deer are found there, they will untie the chivingi. It kills the deer in seconds. A leg of the slain deer is cut off and given as a gift to Chivingi. The Akbarnama says that Akbar had 1000 chives trained for hunting. Each had a name. Tipu Sultan had 16 leopards.
Hunters like Jim Corbett have told stories of big cats like leopards and tigers turning into killers from time to time and terrorizing people. But Chivingi tigers never hurt humans. However, during the British rule, the government paid Rs. 18 if the bird was killed and its tail was brought and displayed. This fate is due to the killing of goats in some places. In 1876 alone, 135 chivingi tigers were killed in this way in Madras Rajdhani, according to a documentary reference. The petty kings of Tamil Nadu also raised hunting shrimps. In a photograph taken in 1900, a chivingi tiger is seen from the palace of the king of Pudukottai.