Bodies of tigress, cub found in Maha; dehydration, starvation likely causes of death

Forest officials in Maharashtra's Chandrapur district found the remains of a tigress and her cub which has starved to death.

Bodies of Tigress, cub found
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Forest officials in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district discovered the remains of a tigress and her cub, with the cub’s demise potentially attributed to dehydration and starvation, as stated by authorities on Sunday.

The carcass of the 4-month-old cub was found on Friday evening in Dongargaon beat in compartment 163 of Dhaba range, while a search of the vicinity led to the recovery of the dead body of a tigress on Saturday in compartment 161, an official said.

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The site is some 78 kilometres away from the district headquarters, he added.


“All the organs of the female cub were intact and, prima facie, it seems it died of dehydration. However, the death of the tigress is under investigation as the body has decomposed,” he said.

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“Representatives of the animal husbandry department, forest department and the National Tiger Conservation Authority are probing the case and have already completed the panchnama. Organ samples are being sent to the Forensic Sciences Laboratory here,” he added.

(With agency inputs)