Leaping Tigress

Posted on February 20, 2008  Comments (3)

photo of leaping tigress

The pregnant tigress, in the photo, had wandered off the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve to a village, Deulbari, about 150 miles south of Calcutta. She was tranquillized and relocated deep inside a mangrove reserve (it is unclear if this is a different reserve than she came from based on the report, to me anyway). She is leaping off the fishing vessel used to transport her to the reserve.

Tigress’s spectacular leap to freedom

Tigers have been slowly disappearing from forests and reserves in India due to poaching, growing tourism, and a shortage of properly trained forest guards. The tiger population has dropped from nearly 3,600 five years ago to about 1,411, the government-run Project Tiger said recently.

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3 Responses to “Leaping Tigress”

  1. Carmen
    February 26th, 2008 @ 8:46 pm

    That’s a really beautiful picture. I wonder how the photographer was able to take the picture at all as: (a) if it was me, I’d be running in the opposite direction!, and (b) how did the photographer know exactly when to take this shot?

    In any case, it’s a beautiful picture nonetheless.

    I’m going to check out the reserve’s website as it would be interesting to find out how successful Project Tiger has been in slowing down the dwindling population of such a beautiful-looking species.

  2. Curious Cat » Photos by Fritz the Cat
    March 18th, 2008 @ 9:37 pm

    “I went for a long walk with the camera. Perhaps a bit too long, because she was looking for me everywhere. Anyway, she was very pleased when I came home with the camera and a mouse.”

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