A baby Royal Bengal tiger in Karnataka’s Bannerghatta Biological Park has been named in the honour of 2018 Asian Games gold medallist.
Indian sprinter Hima Das has been winning plaudits from all corners with her five back-to-back gold medals in less than a month.
Now in honour of her stunning performance, on World Tiger Day, a six-month-old cub has been named after the ace sprinter.
The executive director of the state-run zoo, Vanashree Vipin Singh, made the announcement while revealing the zoo’s plans and initiative to celebrate the special occasion.
According to local reports, the authorities in the famous Bengaluru park believe that by naming the cub after the star athlete, they will not only be able to attract more tourists but also raise awareness on tiger conservation.
Hima, who won the U-20 World Championships last year, grabbed her fifth gold of the month last week as she returned to her pet event, the 400m race, in the Czech Republic.
She clocked 52.09 seconds, a season-best for Hima, overtaking her previous timing of 52.88 seconds, which she had recorded in Patiala earlier this year.