Monday, June 27, 2011

B2

In 1997 we use to visit our land in Village Ranchha more often than now. Plantation was done and overseeing the work by was my main job. Sometimes I use to go on scooter and come back to Tala via Garhpuri. One such afternoon in April 1997, I heard lots of alarm calls at Thauni waterhole. I could see a herd of Spotted Deer looking towards the fire line. I knew that this could be tiger so I stopped and to have a better view stood on culvert.
Within few minutes I saw a tigress walking with something in her mouth. When she came in an open patch I could see it clearly that it was a cub. Within thirty minutes I saw her again carrying another cub.
This was a great sighting from the main road although she was 200 mtrs or little more away from me.
After reaching home I pass on this news to a photographer so he went to look for her next morning. Next morning me and Kay went on elephant to see them. We saw Bachchi lying in a cave and three cubs moving around her. They were not more than two weeks old.
Now out of those three male cubs just one, B2 aka Sundar is still around. He had a very good life in Tala Range of Bandhavgarh National Park an now he is on his last lag of his dominance.
I am sure to see him again after the monsoon but not in very good stage of dominance.

7 comments:

WildTigerWatch said...

Mr.Tiwari, When you think about it now that one of cub had grown to be a dominant male for over 10 years, It must have been a wonderful moment for you. Do you remember which month is it ? Did you take any pictures ? As a B2 fan, I would love to see B2 as cub. Thanks for sharing.

Bandhavgarh said...

I mentioned that in blog April 1997.
Yes we photographed it but those were on Slide. Very bad pictures just the mothers face was visible in the picture and cubs were blurred. I didn't had good equipments in those days.
We have pictures of those three brothers from 5-6 months old. All on slide/ Will get them scanned sometime for my ebook.

WildTigerWatch said...

Thanks for your reply, Mr.Tiwari. When will your ebook be released ?

Bandhavgarh said...

Publishers refused to publish because of poor market. Now I have to do it by myself so lets see when it can be in this monsoon before Deewali.

WildTigerWatch said...

Mr.Tiwari, Do let us know when you release. I would like to buy. Thanks!

WildTigerWatch said...

Dear Mr.Tiwari, Is B2 Dead ? There are rumors that the recently dead tiger in bhandhavgarh is not B2 ? Could you please confirm ?

Thanks

Kshitij Degaonkar said...

Hi Mr. Tiwari,
I just saw you mentioning this incident of Facebook and came here to your blog to see if I can find a detailed account of this incident!
By the way, have you released the ebook that you have mentioned here? If yes, I would love to buy it.
Regards,
Kshitij