Three tiger cubs go "missing" in Panna forest

Last Updated: Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 22:50

Bhopal: Three tiger cubs, born to a
translocated tigress in May, have gone "missing" in the Panna
Tiger Reserve, sending alarm bells ringing for forest
officials in Madhya Pradesh.

The birth of the cubs was seen as a major boost to
efforts to revive tiger population as it was the first for any
trans-located tigress.

"Three out of the four cubs born to a translocated
tigress in May have not been spotted for last couple of days
in Panna," State Principal Chief Conservator of Forest
(Wildlife) H S Pabla said today.

He said that hectic efforts were on to trace the cubs,
adding that it was not an easy task to find these small
striped cubs given the grass in the forest.

"Our teams are searching for the cubs in Panna which is
spread over an area of 543 sq kms in twin districts of Panna
and Chhatarpur in eastern Madhya Pradesh," Pabla added.

However, he did not rule out the possibility of the cubs
being dead, given their high mortality rate.

Some time back, a tiger had attacked the tigress that
gave birth to the four cubs. The tigress still has bruises, he
said.

The tiger often kills the cubs to mate with tigress, a
forest official said.

Panna tiger reserve had become devoid of the endangered
animal last year and following this, two tigresses, one from
Bandhavgarh and another from Kanha Tiger Reserve were
trans-located in it on March 6 and March 9, last year.

Besides, a tiger from Pench tiger reserve was put in the
wild of Panna on November 14 last year. The tigress brought
from Kanha had given birth to four cubs in May.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 22:50

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