Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Amazing tiger sighting in India

One of the main reasons Larry and I decided to go to India was to see tigers in the wild. We chose a tour that allowed us to have eight different wildlife safaris in two of India’s fifty-plus national parks. Protecting this powerful and beautiful animal is a main effort of the Indian government, and these efforts have been significant in improving the count of Bengal tigers in the country from around 1400 in 2006 to 2226 in 2018.
One cub cautiously came out of the bush.
During the trip we had many sightings of this legendary species, both males and females. One of our greatest thrills was watching a mother tiger and her four cubs interacting while we were on a safari drive in Khana Reserve and National Park.

Look closely to spot all four cubs.
The mother tiger, whom we had seen alone the previous day, was lying nonchantly at the edge of the brush until the cubs come out of the thicket to play. Estimated by our guide to be about 7-8 months old, the cubs climbed on the tigress, jumped at each other, scampered away, and teased—just like children at play.
Play time for the cubs
As you can imagine, we felt very privileged to have that remarkable experience and wish to share it with others. I hope you enjoy this photo essay.

Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier