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Nallamala Forest: A Rare Wild Ox Sighting

Nallamala Forest: A Rare Wild Ox Sighting

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A rare wild ox has been sighted in the Nallamala forests, a species that hasn’t been seen in 154 years. Forest officials in Nandyal district discovered traces of this wild ox in the Nallamala forest. It was last seen in 1870 and has now reappeared, according to forest officials.

The wild ox was captured on camera in the Bairutli range near Atmakur. Forest officer Saibaba reported that the rare animal was first identified in January of this year in the Velugodu range and later appeared in the Bairutli range in June. Officials believe the wild ox may have crossed the Krishna River from Karnataka into the Nallamala forest. They are surprised by the distance it traveled to reach this area.

These wild oxen, which usually roam in the Western Ghats, might have strayed or lost their way, leading them into the Nallamala forest. The forest officials expressed astonishment at the reappearance of the wild ox in the region, known for its extensive grasslands and diverse vegetation that attract various wildlife species.

In recent efforts to reintroduce these once-abundant wild oxen back into the Nallamala forests, the forest department has started initiatives with support from the World Wildlife Fund. Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, a prominent pharmaceutical company, has also agreed to donate ₹1 crore for this cause. While working on these relocation efforts, forest officials were pleasantly surprised by the unexpected sighting of the wild ox.

Deputy Director Saibaba of the Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve commented on the sighting, stating that it is common for large animals like tigers and elephants to travel long distances. However, the wild ox’s journey across miles of plains to reach Nallamala is remarkable. He speculated that it might have come from the Papikonda forest region.

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