A tiger is believed to have completed the longest walk ever recorded by the species in India after travelling 807 miles (1,300km).
Experts believe the pattern of the animal’s journey suggests it was searching for a mate, according to the Indian Express.
The tiger was wearing a radio-collar because it was part of a project studying the dispersal patterns of tigers in an eastern part of Maharashtra state, the news site added.
The animal, named C1, left the Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary in Yavatmal in the state in June 2019, according to Asian News International.
The news agency added that the tiger reached the Dnyanganga Wildlife Sanctuary in Buldhana, Maharashtra, on Sunday.
Conservationists reportedly said the animal didn’t stay in one location for more than four to five days, and only did because it had found prey.
Maharashtra’s chief wildlife warden Nitin Kakodkar reportedly said the animal didn’t complete its journey in a straight line but moved back and forth several times over farmlands, water and highways.
Bilal Habib, senior biologist with the Wildlife Institute of India, reportedly said this is the longest walk a tiger has undertaken in India.
Mr Habib said: “We know this because C1 is radio-collared.
“It’s clear that with shrinking space, we need to redraft policy to ensure safety of tigers like C1.”
Mr Habib added: “A tiger needs three things to become stable at any place – space, food and mate. Dnyanganga has space and enough preybase, though if (C1) doesn’t find a mate, it might keep walking further.”
C1, who is said to have been born in late 2016, entered the district of Adilabad in the state of Telangana after leaving Tipeshwar, the Indian Express reports.
He then spent time in interstate forests between Adilabad and the city of Nanded during August and September, before then walking into the Painganga Sanctuary in Maharashtra.
C1 is then reported to have passed through the Isapur Sanctuary in Yavatmal before entering the Hingoli district of Maharashtra.
He then passed through the cities of Washim and Ajola before finally arriving in Buldhana.