15 new tiger cubs sighted in Dudhwa
9 Nov 2009, 1957 hrs IST, PTI
LAKHIMPUR: In a good news for wildlife enthusiasts concerned over dwindling big cat population in the country, at least 15 tiger cubs have been sighted in the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve in Uttar Pradesh, officials said.
Not only that, the survival rate of the cubs has also increased, they said.
"At least 15 tiger cubs have been sighted at various spots of the park," Shailesh Prasad, field director of the Dudhwa reserve in Kheri district, said.
He said a tigress with three cubs was sighted in Madraicha while Chhota Palia, Chaltua, Kakraha, Puraina and Jhadi Tal areas of the national park and Sadar beat of Katarniaghat wildlife sanctuary (KWS) were reported to have tigresses with two cubs respectively.
He also said, "a tigress with one cub was reported to be staying in Trans-Gerua area of KWS."
"All the cubs were hale and hearty, which indicated a sustained growth of tiger family in Dudhwa despite several odds," he added.
However, if the arrival of new members in the tiger families has rejuvenated the wildlife lovers, this has also left them seriously concerned as Dudhwa with an area of nearly 1400 sq kms is nearly saturated with tiger population.