A female tiger cub was found dead on Sunday in Sondar area of Kanha Tiger Reserve in eastern Madhya Pradesh, officials said.
"After a forest guard experienced a foul smell from the forest area, he searched and found the dead cub, possibly 22 days old in the Kisli range of the Reserve, the Park Officiating Field Director A K Nagar said.
He said that a cut has been found near the stomach of the cub, adding that it appears that some carnivorous might had killed it yesterday.
The carnivorous, possibly a jackal might have attacked the cub when it was alone, Nagar said, adding that tigress often leave cubs while going after its prey, Nagar said.
The post-mortem of the cub had been carried out according to the guidelines of the National Tiger Conservation Authority, he said, adding that autopsy report was awaited.
"We have collected the viscera of the cub for forensic test," he said.
The mortality rate of the cubs was high and half of its population is lost before attaining adulthood, he said.