A tiger cub aged about one-and-a-half years was found dead in the Corbett National Park on Friday.
The post mortem examination of the body was conducted on Saturday following which officials said the cub died due to cold and starvation after being abandoned by its mother.
As per officials of the national park, personnel on routine patrol found the body of the male tiger cub in Jhirna range on Friday. The body was kept in cold storage overnight and the post mortem was conducted on Saturday.
The deputy director of Corbett National Park, CK Kavidayal, informed that the cub is believed to have been abandoned by its mother. Unable to fend for itself, the cub died from starvation and cold.
However, according to Kavidayal, natural deaths are bound to occur with a healthy tiger population in Corbett.
“Last year we counted 42 tiger cubs in the national park and the number is still high but in the wild many
cubs die before reaching adulthood. This cub may have been abandoned by its mother due to various reasons – it might have been unable to keep up with its siblings and the tigress may have been sick and unable to hunt,” Kavidayal said.
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