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Ranthambore tigress, T – 8, gives birth to two cubs

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October 21, 2019, 5:43 pm

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Jaipur: In yet another good news for wildlife lovers in Rajasthan, a tigress in Ranthambore national park of Sawaimadhopur district has given birth to two cubs. The cubs were littered by the tigress popularly known as T-8. The tourist zone number – 6 is her territory. The cubs and the tigress are enthralling the tourists on this route. The official confirmation from the park authorities is yet to come, but wildlife activists said that the two cubs have been spotted.

It is for the third time that tigress T-8 has littered. It has given birth to a total of seven tigers. The number of tigers has gone up with the arrival of these two cubs. Many fear that the park is now overcrowded with territories shrining due to the increase in the tiger population. It has resulted in tigers straying into nearly villages and residential areas and human-animal conflicts.

Due to the increasing population of tigers, the forest department is planning to relocate at least six tigers to other tiger reserves in the state including Sariska, Mukundra Hills and Ramgarh Vishdhari. The park authorities have reportedly got a green signal for relocation from the national Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and the shifting will begin soon, sources said.

Recently a video of territorial fight between T-58 and T-57 had gone viral on social media. One of the tigers was seriously injured in the fight.

There has been many instances of tigers being killed in territorial fights in Ranthambore National Park. In some cases, the tigers strayed into the villages in buffer area and killed humans. Recently, a nine-year-old was killed at his family’s agriculture farm in Sawaimadhopur district in a tiger attack.

First published: October 21, 2019