One `missing` cub sighted at Panna, no trace of two others
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 22:47
Bhopal: In some relief to wildlife lovers, one of the three cubs that had gone "missing" in Madhya Pradesh's Panna Tiger reserve has been sighted with its mother, the country's first translocated tigress to give birth.

Panna sanctuary field director R Sreenivasa Murthy said that the tigress was seen with her two cubs yesterday and hoped that the other two will be sighted soon.

"We are monitoring the movement of the radio-collared tigress round the clock and hope that she will be able to trace the two missing cubs. We can hear her making attempts to communicate with her cubs through call and scent marks," he added.

The four-year-old tigress was translocated last year from Bandhavgarh sanctuary to Panna park with an aim to repopulate the species there. The efforts received a boost with the birth of the four cubs in May.

However, the officials were on their toes early this month when they could not sight three of the cubs with the tigress whose movements were being tracked through the radio-collar as well manually.

"It was on September 9 we had direct sighting of one cubs with the mother who was limping because of bruises she had received in a fight with the male tiger first on August 29 and then September 5," the field director said.

Usually, tiger tries to kills the cubs to mate with the tigress.

"Initially, we were worried about her injuries as the wound was at the place where she was finding it difficult to lick. After she located another cub, we are a bit relieved. However, we are hopeful that she will be able to trace the other two other missing cubs as well," he added.

"So far we have not got any negative signs (about their existence). We are just waiting and watching the movement of the mother tigress. How soon she is able to reach them depends on her sociology and cleverness," Murthy said.

On the whereabouts of the other translocated tigress, he said that its radio-collar had stopped functioning for long and was being tracked through pugmarks.

"But for last 6-7 days we are not sighting her. She's a very elusive feline," he said of the animal that was relocated from Kanha to Panna spread over 543 sq km.


First Published: Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 22:47

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