A tigress relocated from Rajasthan’s Ranthambore National Park has littered her first cub, taking the number of striped cats to 14 in Sariska reserve.
Forest guard Bhawani Shankar Joshi in Sariska’s Indauka forest area had spotted pug marks of the cub behind those of tigress ST 9 on Wednesday morning. Another guard also reported new pug marks from Bandipul forest area.
Later, a camera trap captured tigress ST 9 with a cub, who, forest officials said, is 5-month-old.
“The tigress was relocated to Sariska in January 2013 and she moved in Bandipul, Indauk, Duharmala, Rekamala, Sarunda, Nangalhedi, Berawas and Talvrikshya forest areas. She has mated with tiger ST 6,” a statement from the office of Sariska Tiger Reserve (STR) field director RS Shekhawat said.
More cameras have been installed to check if there are more cubs.
The latest news brought joy in Sariska where a tiger reintroduction programme began in 2008 with the help of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA),New Delhi, and Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun after the reserve lost all its big cats in 2005.
Sariska now has 14 striped cats. Seven of them were brought from Ranthambore while an equal number born here. Tigress ST 2 littered two cubs, both females, in 2012. Both of them are now adults. In 2014, ST 2 gave birth to a male and a female cub. The same year another tigress ST 10 littered two cubs - a male and a female.