There is a new addition to her majesty's secret brood at Sariska tiger reserve, tiger number 7. Tigress ST-2, which was found with a cub on August 7, was spotted with yet another cub in the Kalikhoh area of the reserve during the wee hours.
The tiger relocation process at Sariska reserve, which began in 2008, continues to reap rewards and the new cub seems to be the latest result of the experiment. In fact, on August 7, the authorities had anticipated that the number of cubs could be more than one.
The total number of tigers in the reserve is now seven, including five adult tigers, three of which are females. The cubs appear to be six to seven months old. By the age of 1, they will learn hunting from their mother.
Spotting of the first cub in August was the most celebrated moment of the reserve since the tigers began being airlifted from Ranthambore to Sariska in 2008.
ST-2 is the second big cat, and the first tigress, shifted to Sariska from Ranthambore National Park. The first relocated tiger, ST-1, was poisoned to death in November 2010. The villagers, whose cattle graze in reserve, reportedly killed ST-1 after it attacked animals. Thereafter, two more tigresses were introduced — in February 2009 and July 2010.
There are two males in the reserve now.
*Elements of the above excerpted from “Sariska reserve gets tiger number 007” – The Times of India