The Forest Department on Saturday rescued two tiger cubs from the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) after their mom was found lifeless close to Achakarai within the Singara Forest Range.
Ok.Ok. Kaushal, Field Director of MTR, mentioned the carcass was found on Friday night by the Forest division workers. As it was nightfall, they determined to do the autopsy on Saturday. “When we reached the spot on Saturday, we heard the cries of two cubs near the carcass,” mentioned Mr. Kaushal.
Following the event, the main target rapidly shifted to the well-being of the two male cubs. “We have two options; one is to send them to a zoo or send them to a facility where they will remain captive. However, it has been decided that we will go with the second option and slowly reintroduce them back into the wild,” he mentioned.
He mentioned that efforts could be made to minimise the contact the two cubs would have with people until the time of their launch, which might be after they’re two years of age. “We have the expertise to give the two cubs a chance at becoming wild tigers, so we will do our best to make this a reality,” mentioned Mr. Kaushal.
A autopsy was carried out on the tigress, which, officers mentioned, was round 9 years previous. Deputy Director of MTR (Buffer Zone) L.C.S. Srikanth mentioned the reason for dying was not recognized however he didn’t rule out poisoning. “We have collected samples of the stomach contents of the tigress as well as samples of the animal’s other visceral organs for analysis. We will send them to different laboratories for testing and only after the results are returned will we have a better idea of what caused the animal’s death,” mentioned Mr. Srikanth.