Ever heard the expression if at first you don't succeed, spray some cologne? No? Well, nobody really has, but it should be the slogan of the authorities trying to catch a tiger in India.
A deadly tiger is on the loose in central India and authorities are resorting to unusual methods to try to catch it.
The predator, a female known as T1, is believed to have killed up to 14 people over the last two years around the town of Pandharkawada.
The tragic turn of events has left authorities in a difficult spot, and despite significant resources having been put into the tigress’ capture, she remains on the loose in Maharashtra state.
After using drones, snipers, and jeeps in their futile attempts to capture the tiger, their latest efforts seem to have made things worse.
The tiger has proved hard to track (Swapan_banik/Getty)
In a recent attempt to resolve the situation, authorities brought in five elephants to help catch the tiger and her cubs.
But according to local reports, one of the elephants itself escaped and killed a woman from a nearby village, 30-year-old Archana Kulsange.
Understandably, tensions are running high in the area.
Against this backdrop, forestry officials have turned to an unusual form of bait to lure the tiger into a trap: Calvin Klein Obsession.
Tigers cannot get enough of Obsession (Fiona Hanson/PA)
That's right. Men's cologne.
According to a report in the New York Times, rangers intend to spray the cologne near to where the camera traps which have been set up in the area.
If it sounds like a long shot to use perfume to catch a tiger, there is logic behind it.
The fragrance contains a compound, civetone, originally found in civets, which big cats are proven to love.
Previous research has found they will linger where the scent is for some time, and even try to roll around in it.
Civetone was originally found in the scent glands of civets but is now usually made synthetically (kajornyot/Getty)
Sunil Limaye, an official working on the tiger hunt, told the New York Times: “I know, it’s really funny. But what are we going to do?”
The perfume was used in 2015 to help capture a man-eating tiger in Tamil Nadu – the veterinarian involved in the hunt turned to the fragrance after using tiger urine proved ineffective.
People on social media are having fun with the idea.
The account UberFacts explained why the cologne may work and the jokes wouldn't stop:
The Calvin Klein cologne "Obsession" can attract big cats like jaguars, and tigers, from as far as half a mile away… https://t.co/rT4DDMPXkM— UberFacts (@UberFacts)1539092821.0
@UberFacts When you try to pick up women but end up attracting a 200 kg tiger instead 🤦♂️— Mrinal (@Mrinal)1539096989.0
@UberFacts @ARanganathan72 Things not to wear during a Safari 😂😂😂 Or maybe to wear if the spotting is getting is getting difficult.— Abhishek Pandey (@Abhishek Pandey)1539103812.0
@UberFacts And I thought this brand doesn’t do any animal testing— albeli (@albeli)1539094168.0
@UberFacts And when the Cologne's smell expires and they stop cuddling and there's nothing else to enjoy longer tha… https://t.co/IjRuAPGjg4— 'Busayo Babalola (@'Busayo Babalola)1539093051.0
@UberFacts Never going to the woods with my grandma now— callie bos (@callie bos)1539098909.0
@UberFacts Works 60% of the time, every time.— Druann (@Druann)1539097324.0
@UberFacts Sniff And Cuddle 'Pere'? No Mauling And Chopping Right?.. Ah! Ika Leyin Oyinbo Yii..😂😂😂— Ola MirroR. (@Ola MirroR.)1539097281.0
@UberFacts To be fair they never said who would be obsessed— Brian (@Brian)1539103368.0
@UberFacts And the #darwinaward goes to anybody who tries this. By all means, feel free to remove yourself from my existence.— You Know... (@You Know...)1539100684.0
@UberFacts @Theodoreomeka I wear it and nothing has happened so far. Am I doing something wrong?— Samuel (@Samuel)1539096288.0
It also gave way to some great gifs:
@UberFacts https://t.co/352EYPYRkP— Cipher Edithson (@Cipher Edithson)1539092909.0
@UberFacts Cougars you say? https://t.co/L5fxrszUPb— ליונל (@ליונל)1539093070.0
@UberFacts Damn, I should have never put on that Calvin Klein Obsession today! https://t.co/P6rub5XIXS— Nabila Valentin (@Nabila Valentin)1539096146.0
@UberFacts https://t.co/uEic2GQCuF— #TTP (@#TTP)1539095871.0
Yes, of course there were those who didn't believe it:
@UberFacts I'd like to know who tested this theory? Lolol.— Brandi Maynard (@Brandi Maynard)1539093148.0
@UberFacts This should be now changed to UberFiction lol— Prince_B_M (@Prince_B_M)1539094566.0
@UberFacts Who tested this?— patty wolfe (@patty wolfe)1539100784.0
@UberFacts Dare you prove it😂— Stefan Pollock (@Stefan Pollock)1539093648.0
Of course, there's only one way to really know if this will work or not: let the authorities test it.
Should the bait work on T1, rangers will try to sedate the tiger and relocate her.
If this method fails as well, they have judicial permission to shoot to kill.
Tigers are endangered, and should be protected, but so should human life. We hope it doesn't come to killing the tigress, but whatever happens, we just want people to be safe.
A version of this article originally appeared on Press Association.