3 missing tiger cubs found in Bandhavgarh National Park

August 21st, 2009 - 5:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhopal, Aug 21 (IANS) Three cubs of a tigress, which was allegedly poisoned and found dead Tuesday, were traced two days later much to the relief of the officials of Madhya Pradesh’s Bandhavgarh National Park.
“About 250 park employees were on an intensive search. The cubs were found hiding in bushes near Padratal Muda Pahadid area in healthy condition Thursday,” park’s deputy director K.S. Alawa told IANS. The cubs went missing after the tigress died.

“We are planning to shift the cubs, one male and two female, aged about eight months to some such place - other than the zoo - where similar conditions could be given to them for their survival,” Alawa said.

Park director C.K. Patil said: “The park management plans to keep the cubs in natural surroundings so that they can be reintroduced in the wild at an appropriate time. They in all probability would be shifted to Magadhi where an enclosure has been prepared for a bison relocation program, slated to begin at Bandhavgarh in November.”

“The cubs were located not too far from the place where the tigress was found dead,” Patil said.

Park employees saw the body of the tigress aged around six years in Pator range of the park Tuesday. No injury marks were found on her body and she died of consuming some poisonous thing, initial examination suggested, park officials said.

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