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Injured in fight, tiger T-33 dies in Rajasthan’s Ranthambore Tiger Reserve

An injured male tiger, T-33 died on Wednesday at the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur district,

jaipur Updated: Sep 20, 2017 19:20 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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T-33, the male tiger.(Sachin Rai/HT File Photo.)

An injured male tiger, T-33 died on Wednesday at the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur district, an official said.

The 12-13 year-old tiger was found grievously injured after a territorial fight and was tranquilized by forest officials on Tuesday for treatment.

Chief conservator of forest and field director of Ranthambore Tiger Project YK Sahu said the tiger was old and an injured leg and was not able to walk.

“We were continuously monitoring the animal as it might have been injured in a territorial fight more than 15 days back,” he said.

“The tiger was tranquilized on Tuesday for treatment in Khandar area of the reserve forest and on Wednesday it succumbed to its injuries.”

A forest official, who did not wish to be named, said the tiger’s movement was usually in the Chiroli area of Talada range of the reserve.

He probably had a fight with another tiger and was pushed to periphery of the Khandar area, the official said.

Recently the injured tiger was mostly sighted sitting near a road and it made a number of ailed attempts two days back to kill a buffalo.

The tiger besides leg injuries, also had injuries on near its neck and was weak and starved, the official said.

“T-33 probably had a fight with T-75, another male tiger as its movement was seen in the territory. The deceased tiger had cubs with T-11 and T-9,” he said.

In August 2016, the most photographed and longest surviving tigress, Machli (T-16) passed away. The tigress died at the age of 19 due to old age.

In March 2016, T-35, a tigress which had strayed into the forests of Sultanpur region in Kota district from Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve in Sawai Madhopur, was found dead in suspicious circumstances along the banks of the Kali Sindh River.

First Published: Sep 20, 2017 19:20 IST