Twin tigresses from MP get a new home in city

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jul 13, 2016 01:18 IST
TF2, an 8-year-old tigress, at the 15x10 feet enclosure at Sanjay Gandhi National Park Borivli. (Pramod Thakur)

Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), Borivli, will nest two eight-year-old female Royal Bengal tigresses in two months.

The big cats were brought to the park on Monday from Pench Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh. The sister cubs, TF1 and TF2, have been kept in captivity at separate 15x10 feet enclosures at SGNP’s lion safari site.

“They need time to adapt to a new environment and are very aggressive upon sighting humans at present,” said range forest officer Shailesh Deore. “They have also travelled for over 60 hours, which they need to recover from.”

He added that the twins’ brother had been taken to Nagpur Zoo earlier.

Weighing about 150-160kg each, the animals were brought to Mumbai by a team of 13 including the SGNP veterinarian, forest officers and animal keepers.

“The animals have travelled a distance of approximately 950km over three days. They have been kept in isolation. They are healthy and are adjusting to their new home,” said SGNP veterinarian Dr Shailesh Pethe. “They need time to get used to their new surroundings. We will take a call on whether to make them part of the Safari.”

The new addition takes SGNP’s tiger count to eight — four female Royal Bengal tigers, three male and one white Albino tiger.

Forest officers said the two cubs had been fed and taken care of by Pench forest officers.

“Pench tiger reserve officers made several attempts to put them out in the wild but they were unable to cope with the surroundings,” said Deore. “Now that they are eight, we decided to bring them to SGNP to help increase its tiger population.

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