Panna’s ‘lonesome’ tiger — spurned by two resident tigresses — will get two more partners to choose from. By the end of this month, two more tigresses from the Kanha National Park will be brought to Panna as the aggressive male tiger has attacked its mate and their four cubs, which were born in April, several times this month.
“Tigers are known to exhibit such behaviour when wanting to mate,” said R. Sriniwas Murthy, field director, Panna Tiger Reserve.
The tiger was brought to Panna from the Pench National Park in Seoni district last year when there was not a single tiger left in the reserve.
But it took a while for the big cat to get used to its new environs. A few months after its translocation, the lonely tiger began missing home and had even moved out of the park, southwards towards his original home at Pench. It had to be tranquilised and brought back.
Its mate was brought from Bandhavgarh National Park in Umaria district the same year. The two had mated several times before. But the tiger’s aggression this month seems to have put off the tigress. To make matters worse, the other tigress from Kanha National Park is also not responding to its sexual overtures. Park authorities, who are in a fix, have decided to augment the female tiger population in the park so that the tiger has more choices and the Bandhavgarh tigress and her cubs feel safe in the park.
“The forest department are planning expedite the translocation of two tigresses from Kanha National Park,” Murthy told Hindustan Times.
The Madhya Pradesh government has secured permission for translocation of six big cats — four female and two male — to Panna as part of the tiger reintroduction programme.
The two tigresses to be brought in from Kanha are siblings born in 2005. A territorial male killed their mother and they have been bred in semi-wild conditions. The translocation is likely to take place this month.