Male Tigers Now Playing the Mother’s Role in Ranthambore

Do you find a complete family in human beings only? A father, a mother, with their kids; this is what we call a perfect family; right? Now you can study this affectionate scene in animals too specifically in tiger species. Yes, now the tiger’s roar can be found more affectionate especially when you are around the vicinity of Ranthambore National Park.

The tigers are now playing the role of a father to their cubs and are helping the tigress in bringing up the cubs. It’s a known fact that tigers are generally kept away from their cubs by the tigress but surprisingly, T-25 has been reported as the first tiger to play the affectionate role of a father. Consequently, this rare behavior is being witnessed by the officials of the reserve and have recorded at least six more male tigers at the park playing dad’s responsibility in the serene vicinity of Ranthambore.

T-39 with Cub

Even the officials are also observing the sheer change in the behavior of the tigers in the reserve. These creatures are no more found living in solitude but are showing peculiar, amazing, astonishing breakthrough in the behavior of the male tigers. This change in the behavior of the male tigers has also been mentioned in the documentation of the Ranthambore Reserve.

The Ranthambore Park is now filled with the biggest range of the family with the T-19 female and 3 cubs along with the presumed father T-28. The territory of T-28 has increased by the movement of T-19 and her three cubs that signifies the protection of the genre with the male species.

A few months ago the officials had also observed a T-19 tigress with two cubs where one of the cubs stood up and moved close to the male tiger T-28 with affection. They also spotted the tigress T-8 and her two cubs while returning from night patrolling and also witnessed tiger-34 near them that indicated the familiar nature of these creatures when it was confirmed that T-8 with her two cubs are residing within the home range of T-34 male in the Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary.

Apart from that the tigress T-26 with three cubs live in the close vicinity of T-20, an aged tiger and T-31 with two cubs are frequently visited by tiger T-23. T-11 with three cubs are protected by T-33. T-30 with a litter of three cubs are being protected by T-3 and T-9 with two cubs are protected by T-33, a male tiger.

More interestingly, it was also been observed that the male tiger T-25 roaming with two orphaned cubs and was protecting them since they were four months old. It was also been witnessed with other ranges of tigers, panthers and hyenas after the death of their mother T-5. The tiger has also been sighted in direct confrontation with tigress T-17 while protecting these cubs.

These fascinating observations may have led to the conclusion that the “father” of the cubs are providing parental protection to prevent infanticide and to establish ‘genetic supremacy’ in the national park. Also, one can find a strong hint that male tigers do display affectionate behavior by recurring the parental care. But the officials are still waiting for some more observations and evidences to come into a stronger conclusion about their parental nature.

 

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