Six-year-old tigress Katrina (B3) in Bor Tiger Reserve has delivered her third litter in just 2.5 years, with a gap of just 14 months between each litter.
It is kind of a shock for everybody because generally a tigress rears its cubs for around two years before delivering another litter.
On Sunday, many tourists spotted the three 3-month-old cubs of Katrina at a waterhole. Katrina is the dominant female of the little known and smallest tiger reserve Bor (138.12 sq km), 60 km from Nagpur in Wardha district.
The officials at the reserve reported that Katrina delivered the first litter of four cubs (2 males and 2 females) in October 2014. The second litter of three (2 females and 1 male) cubs was born on January 2016, and now the third litter in March 2017.
After the birth, one of the cubs from the second litter was killed by a wild dog last year. Male tiger Yuvraj and female Pinky are still being sighted by tourists at Bor's Adegaon gate. All other cubs did well and dispersed.
According to Wildlife Institute of India (WII) tiger scientist Bilal Habib,
"Females tend to mate with males early as a strategy to save their cubs. It has happened in Tadoba, another high density area."
"The area is too small to accommodate a large number of tigers, hence surplus population will have to always move out," he added.
A Well-known Bengaluru-based conservation zoologist K Ullas Karanth says,
"If a litter is lost, the tigress can typically mate again within a month, and have the next litter in 3.5 months. Not knowing the full history of this case, I cannot say more."
Information source: timesofindia
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