Hyderabad: A tiger has been spotted by Coalminers working at the Kairiguda Opencast project in the Komaram Bheem area of Asifabad district in Telangana.

Videos of the tiger roaming near the coal mines have gone viral on social media. The videos, which are said to be two days old, were reportedly shot by dumper drivers working near Tiryani village.

According to villagers, the tiger was moving in the surrounding areas for close to two weeks. On May 8, a tiger was spotted crossing a stream near the open cast mine.

While forest officials are yet to confirm, special teams have been deputed to monitor the movement of the animal. Surrounded by thick forest, the coal mine shares borders with the Kawal wildlife sanctuary in the neighboring Mancherial district and Tadoba tiger reserve in Maharashtra.

While both these reserve forests are home to many tigers, it is for the first time that the animal has been spotted near the site.

Forest officials suspect it could be the same animal that was seen roaming earlier also. Since there are reports of domestic animals being attacked, the villagers have been advised to stay indoors and not step out especially during nights.

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