A tiger killed two male cubs in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Sawai Madhopur district in Rajasthan on Monday evening. Both were nearly one and a half years old. Their mother was tigress T-79.
The deaths of two cubs came to the knowledge of forest department officials after some locals spotted the bodies. The bodies were found in Sawai Man Singh sanctuary which is a part of the reserve. The bodies were lying at a distance of about 20 feet from each-other.
Ranthambore tiger project officials said after preliminary investigation that the cubs were killed by another tiger.
The death of four tigers in the state over the past one month has shocked the wildlife lovers.
On March 19, a tiger died in Ranthambore National Park
in Sawai Madhopur after a forest department team tranquilized him. The team was trying to rescue the tiger from a mob of angry villagers. The tiger, popularly known as T-28 was, was about 13 years old, not healthy enough to cope with the effects of the drug used in tranquilization. Once he was trapped by the team, he never gained consciousness. He later died.
On March 20, the body of a tigress, known as ST-11, was found at Sariska tiger reserve
in Alwar district. The officials said that the tiger got trapped in the iron fencing around the farm and died. However, sources said that there were marks of fresh injuries on his legs, leading to speculations about a poaching attempt.
First published: April 18, 2018