We’re a few days late, but it’s always a good time to honor the mothers of the world and celebrate mother’s day. Recently a photo of a tigress casually walking with her five adorable cubs through the forest went viral, and we can totally see why.
Parveen Kaswan, a ranger for the Indian Forest Reserve and a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, is the one who first spotted the tigress walking with her cubs. The sighting deeply touched Kaswan because the mother’s litter is significantly larger than the average one. This may indicate that the tiger population is steadily recovering from being on the verge of extinction. The nature-loving ranger shared the stunning picture on Twitter and wrote: “This is a magical picture. Count the cubs with a tigress. I know for a reason how few people will be elated after seeing this. Efforts are helping in making this species bounce back from the verge of extinction. PC Siddharth Singh. Magical Terai.”
This is magical picture. Count the #cubs with #tigress. I know for a reason how few people will be elated after seeing this. Efforts are helping in making this species bounce back from verge of extinction. PC Siddharth Singh. Magical Terai. pic.twitter.com/ZIaMlUAxBj
— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) January 6, 2020
Recently India’s prime minister Narendra Modi happily reported that his country is “now one of the biggest and most secure habitats of the tiger”, which isn’t far from being the truth. India is assumed to be home to as many as 70% of the world’s tigers, but sadly, it wasn’t always the case. It is estimated that between the years 1875 and 1925, a staggering 80,000 tigers were killed in India for sporting and bounty hunting. Happily, according to a recent BBC report, India’s tiger population has been steadily growing back. In 2004, 2,226 tigers were living in the country, and by 2019, the numbers grew back to 2,967.
The growth is most likely a result of the country’s strict wildlife protection laws, which came into effect in 1972. The laws prohibit the capture or hunting of any wild animal, even the ones that are often considered to be ‘problem animals’.
But it’s not all strawberries and cream. India’s human population grew to unprecedented numbers since the tiger’s golden era in the subcontinent. As a result, there has also been an increase in reports of conflicts between humans and tigers. We hope that this means that the country, which has proven itself to be committed to the preservation of these magnificent wild beasts, will add more nature reserves to sustain their growing human and tiger population.
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