GOOD NEWS: The New Year has started in a cheery note at Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan as three tiger cubs have been spotted here. The cubs are said to be approximately 5 months old.

One of the cubs camera trapped by the state forest department.

The proud mother Tigress T-13 strolling along with her three cubs in the deep woods was captured by the camera traps installed in the dense woods. The birth of the cubs had been anticipated for a while. However, there was no evidence to prove the same as the mother and kids were not sighted.

According to estimates by conservation biologist Dharmendra Khandal of Tiger Watch, the total number of tigers at the park now stands at 49 with 24 males, 19 females and six cubs.

“There are three stages for categorizing tigers at Ranthambore. The first stage is that of cubs, which are below one year, and their count stands at six. However, we do not know how may of them are males or females. The second stage is that of sub-adults, those aged between one year and three-and-a-half years, and their count today is 19. It includes 12 males and seven females,” said Khandal.

“The third stage is that of adults, those above three-and-a-half years, and there are 24 of them with 12 males and 12 females. Therefore, the total males in the park are 24, females 19 and six cubs,” he said.

T-13 is the same daring tigress who walked all the way from Sultanpur to Chambal, in the Halonda- Antri region of the national park. The tigress has given birth to five cubs since 2008.

According to the Forest Department sources, the cubs are approximately five months old. The number of cubs aged less than one year in the tiger reserve has increased to six with the birth of these young ones. Hopefully, the new cubs will add to the numbers of tigers in India when the results of the National Tiger Census is revealed in a few months. The last census showed India home to 1706 wild tigers.

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About Ramya Naresh

Ramya is a homemaker who likes to live in harmony with Nature, believing that each form of life is a wonder in itself. She values living in the present and looks forward to each day in all its freshness. She is a Senior Writer with India's Endangered.

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