Cubs of deceased T5 tigress sighted finally
Officials with the forest department have located the cubs in the nearby caves where T5 died. They have been able to take pictures of the cubs eating flesh, left by the officials, through trap cameras.
“We have been providing food and security to the cubs. At present no discussion are being held at departmental level to shift these cubs from Ranthambhore National Park. We are concerned about their safety but we do not want the cubs to lose their wilderness. That’s why we are not trying to catch them,” RP Gupta, district forest official (DFO) at Ranthambhore said.
Informing about the safety of cubs, official sources said, it seems tigresses T5 knew about her fate, so she had trained them the art of hiding and surviving. “The cubs go into hiding even at slightest noise of humans. It seems, although T5 was ill for more than three weeks, but she trained her cubs well. Post mortem report revealed that during her last days the tigress was unable to milk-feed her cubs,” an official source said.
Experts at Ranthambhore National Park have once again started to raise the need of a safari park to deal with such situations. Previous government, under Vasundhara Raje, had given a nod for establishing a safari park at Ranthambhore. However, due to red tape and dilly-dally attitude of bureaucrats, the project failed to take off.
“Ranthambhore National Park is a major tiger reserve in India. It should have a safari park or a rescue centre should be developed so that injured and weak animals can be put into the big enclosure for security without losing their wild ambience. Therefore, clear cut policy and infrastructure is needed to deal with such situations,” Dharmendra Khandal, a conservation biologist with Tiger Watch said.