Tiger clan grows further
The Tiger clan at Ranthambore grows further as news of the sighting of a new set of cubs in the tourism area gets confirmed. Cubs of T39 aka Noor & T60- resident female tiger from tourism zone at Ranthambore have been sighted recently which increases the count of tigers further in tiger paradise. Both the tigers have been sighted with two cubs each, of which cubs of T39 are the youngest. While cubs of T60-the resident female of the Guda area have been sighted by tourists, cubs of T39 were sighted by the forest patrol team. Both sets of cubs have been fathered by T 57, the dominant male of zone 1&2 who had consolidated his territory post-T24 was moved to Udaipur.
Around mid-Feb, T39 was sighted mating with T57 which had raised concerns over the fate of cubs as normally females do not mate till the time cubs are grown up. This again is probably the first such documentation in the natural history world where a female with such young cubs had mated with the same male who also happens to be the father of cubs. Once again proves the fact that we still know very little about the mysterious world of these striped cats.
While this is the first litter for T60 who had moved to the non-tourism area, Noor has on the other hand given birth to two litters previously – all male cubs fathered by T24.
With this news of the sighting of new cubs in tourism summers at Ranthambore look promising.