Bhopal: The pair of tiger cubs left from Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve yesterday afternoon reached Van Vihar safely around 1 pm. They are placed here in quarantine. In the morning, when the Director, Kamalika Mohanta and the Assistant Director AK Jain reached to see the cubs, they started rolling on the ground with affinity. Tiger cubs also became very close to their caretaker within a few hours. They constantly watch the caretaker and follow his instructions. Apart from the signs of slight fatigue, both tigers are seen quite comfortable in the new environment. Today they had their normal meal.
Kamalika informed that the two cubs, aged two years and three month, are offspring of the same mother. Their appearance is also surprisingly similar. Both are very beautiful. The tigress is relatively small. In 2017, the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve management found them near the prey. The management monitored the two cubs for two days but their mother did not turn up to take them. The management of Bandhavgarh brought them into the enclosure and fed them milk to keep them alive. Gradually, they were given minced meat, chicken, goat meat, live buffalo calf, live cheetal etc. They also learned to hunt and eat in the enclosure themselves. At the age of one year 4 month, they were shifted to the enclosure located in Baheraha.
Before leaving the cubs in the forest, the expert team examined their behaviour. These cubs, raised by human beings, became accustomed to their presence try to get close to anyone who came near the enclosure. The expert team recommended shifting these cubs to Van Vihar once they became adults, on the basis of which they were sent to Van Vihar today.
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