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( This post was last modified: 08-10-2022, 12:39 AM by Ashutosh )

Tigress with a jackal pup kill, Kanha:



Chital hunt sequence by tigress in Tadoba:

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@Pckts, this is from Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve and what you are witnessing is a rare event (might even be the first time caught on camera) of a tigress feeding the cubs of her dead sister!!! She is also apparently training them. 

This is the reason they have given her a name of “Mausi” as in mother’s sister. Would like to keep tabs on this development. I wonder how the father of the cubs (both litters) would react? Or have both the litters been fathered by the same male?! So many questions.

FYI SHE IS CURRENTLY FEEDING 7 CUBS (4 of her own and 3 of her sister).

Actually, the story is even more fascinating:

https://www.news18.com/amp/news/buzz/mau...96577.html
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(08-23-2022, 01:27 AM)Ashutosh Wrote: @Pckts, this is from Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve and what you are witnessing is a rare event (might even be the first time caught on camera) of a tigress feeding the cubs of her dead sister!!! She is also apparently training them. 

This is the reason they have given her a name of “Mausi” as in mother’s sister. Would like to keep tabs on this development. I wonder how the father of the cubs (both litters) would react? Or have both the litters been fathered by the same male?! So many questions.

FYI SHE IS CURRENTLY FEEDING 7 CUBS (4 of her own and 3 of her sister).

Actually, the story is even more fascinating:

https://www.news18.com/amp/news/buzz/mau...96577.html

Yeah, it states that in the description but for whatever reason the description doesn't show on WF.

In regards to the father, I'm sure it's no issue. Males generally won't know if a cub is theirs or not and I'd imagine that counting isn't something within the capabilities of a big cat.
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( This post was last modified: 08-23-2022, 02:59 AM by Ashutosh )

@Pckts, Actually counting how many mouths to feed is very much hard wired in most mammals and some birds. A study from Central India found how there was a direct correlation between litter sizes of a tigress and the prey density of her territory. So, they may not know “mathematical counting” but their bodies count just fine.

And, in Pench it was established from research that Collarwali ruled the most prey dense part of the reserve. Interestingly, when Patdev female (Collarwali’s daughter) took over a part of her mother’s territory, she also gave birth to 5 cubs in a litter.

So, feeding 7 hungry growing cubs (as opposed to JUST 4) is easily one of the most challenging role a tigress will ever play, no matter how skilled a hunter she is and how prey rich her territory seems to be.
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(08-23-2022, 02:57 AM)Ashutosh Wrote: @Pckts, Actually counting how many mouths to feed is very much hard wired in most mammals and some birds. A study from Central India found how there was a direct correlation between litter sizes of a tigress and the prey density of her territory. So, they may not know “mathematical counting” but their bodies count just fine.

And, in Pench it was established from research that Collarwali ruled the most prey dense part of the reserve. Interestingly, when Patdev female (Collarwali’s daughter) took over a part of her mother’s territory, she also gave birth to 5 cubs in a litter.

So, feeding 7 hungry growing cubs (as opposed to JUST 4) is easily one of the most challenging role a tigress will ever play, no matter how skilled a hunter she is and how prey rich her territory seems to be.


More food allows for larger litters. If it's genetically passed through bloodline or not is unknown to me but I'd imagine so.
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(08-16-2022, 08:29 PM)Rage2277 Wrote:




pics from the series below


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Taru with his sloth bear kill


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Taaru with gaur kill august 2022 credits to Dawood Kasim
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(08-24-2022, 05:36 AM)Rage2277 Wrote:
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Taaru with gaur kill august 2022 credits to Dawood Kasim

apparently Choti Madhu killed this gaur to feed her cubs, somehow Taru showed up and they had a little scuffle. in the end, Choti Madhu had no choice but to give up her kill. (more pics from the series below)


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one of Bajrang and Choti Madhu’s cub feeding on the gaur kill before it was snatched by Taru. 


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same cub


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Choti Madhu vs Taru


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Taru after he stole the kill


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interesting to see this run-in. Choti Madhu is such a strong mother. she went above and beyond to protect her cubs. Ambeutara male, Bajrang and Taru all have overlapping territories so this was purely a chance encounter. it could’ve ended way worse, luckily it didn’t and the cubs were safe.
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Mandar Salaye 
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This astounding attack by not one but by family of a female tigress with her 3 grown cubs happened on 24th May, 2015 just ahead of Ambe Utara water body in Kolsa range at 6.45 am. 
The attack on full size Gaur was so systematic that female tigress was holding hind legs of the Gaur to immobilise him and cubs were attacking from side, by taking their turn, one at a time. One cub used to move in front of the Gaur to distract his attention so that other two could attack from the sides. 
We were fortunate enough to watch this skilful attack for nearly 20 minutes when forest officials came and asked all of us to vacate that area. We were told that this attack went on for nearly 90 minutes and the bull gave a tough fight to all 4. 
On our return we saw the Gaur lying dead and the family was having a cool siesta in the Ambe Utara water body, a well required cooling-off after their long fight. 
I felt blessed to have seen such an event happening right in front and truly it's once in a lifetime.  


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Remains of a mature male Ussuri wild boar that was killed and eaten by an Amur tiger (or tigress):


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Biologist Galina Salkina looking at the remains of the kill:


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c20IO72Lsfs
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Kaziranga male is territorial about his Water Buffalo kill:




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