The big cat's epic trek gives hope that one day another tiger will complete a journey to the Gir Forest, home to lions and leopards.
In Gujarat, the striped predator entered a more human-dominated landscape, but still he managed to avoid detection, probably by resting in dense cover during the day and moving only at night. (Read the true story of Machli, the world's most famous tiger.)
The last time anyone saw a tiger in Gujarat was in 1992—tigers there having been heavily hunted and poached for their skins and body parts, which may have been sold in China. So state wildlife officials were in a celebratory mood, pleased that Gujarat—famed for its Gir National Park, the last enclave of Asiatic lions and leopards—had become the only state in India with “the lion, tiger, and leopard,” as Akshay Saxena, the principal chief conservator of forest wildlife for Gujarat, told a reporter with The Times of India.