Tigress killed by another tigress at Bandhavgarh

Last Updated: Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 20:00

Bhopal: A tigress was killed by another
tigress over territorial fight in Madhya Pradesh`s Bandhavgarh
Tiger Reserve, officials said.

The carcass of the 9-year-old tigress Laxmi, who also had
two cubs, was recovered from Salatekari area at Tala Range of
the Reserve, in Umaria district yesterday, a top forest
official said.
Laxmi was killed and eaten by another tigress named
Kankati (4), after a possible fight over territory,
Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve`s Field Director C K Patil said,
adding, Kankati had sustained an eye injury.

The forest guards yesterday saw Kankati eating the slain
tigress, he said, adding, Laxmi and Kankati had fought in the
past too.
This was probably the first instance of a tiger killing
and eating someone of its own species in Bandhavgarh, spread
over an area of 700 sq km in eastern Madhya Pradesh.

The two orphaned cubs who were spotted today, were doing
fine, he said.


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First Published: Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 20:00

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