This tiger just wants to get laid after the ‘longest walk’ in history

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A Bengal tiger is breaking records for its 3,000-kilometer pussy prowl in western India.

Officials say it is the longest walk — probably in search of prey, territory or a mate — by a tiger ever recorded in the country’s history. Now, the 3-year-old big cat, affectionately dubbed Walker, is looking to “settle down” for some sexy times at the exclusive Dnyanganga sanctuary, where he will enjoy alpha status as the only male tiger at the park.

“He has no territorial issues. And he has adequate prey,” said Nitin Kakodkar, a Maharashtra state forest official. He told the BBC that wildlife experts are considering introducing a female into the area, a move Kakodkar characterized as “quite unprecedented.”

“For one, it is not a big sanctuary. It is surrounded by farms and degraded forests. Also, if Walker breeds here, there will be pressure on prey and the new-born tigers will try to disperse,” he said.

Walker had been outfitted with a tracking collar in 2019 before beginning his nine-month tour through Maharashtra and the state of Telangana, traveling mostly at night and dining mostly on wild pigs and cattle. The onset of monsoon season in April prompted him to “settle down” at the 125-square-mile Dnyanganga sanctuary, already home to leopards, blue bull, wild boar, deer and more.

The tiger’s GPS recorded him at more than 5,000 unique locations in the region, but logged only one unfortunate encounter with a human. The man who was “accidentally injured,” according to the BBC’s reporting, escaped without life-threatening injuries.

Sadly, Walker won’t have much room to grow in his new territory, Kakodkar said. India’s tiger population accounts for 70%, about 3,000 cats, of the global total, despite the fact that the country holds only 25% of the world’s viable tiger habitat — an ever-shrinking share. As the second-most populous country on the planet, wildlife is being displaced by human development.

A new tiger family will put pressure on the region’s available prey, as just one adult big cat requires a “food bank” of about 500 animals.

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