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Watch: When I spotted four tigers with a kill

April 14, 2019 09:20 IST

We'd asked you, dear readers, to share your most fascinating travel stories.

Here Rediff reader Shriram Prasad shares one of his best tiger spotting experience in Tadoba, Chandrapur. 

Shriram Prasad shares his best tiger spotting experience in Chandrapur

IMAGE: Shriram Prasad spotted Maya and her cubs in Tadoba. Photographs: Shriram Prasad

I spotted not one or two but four tigers on my birthday.

We were visiting Tadoba in the month of September.

It was my birthday and the first safari of the tour. 

After five minutes of entering into check post, we saw a calf mauled to death.

There were bite marks and blood marks on the poor calf. 

The ranger said it was a fresh kill and he assured it was killed by a tiger. We were excited and waited near the kill to see if there was any tiger nearby.

Shriram Prasad shares his best tiger spotting experience in Chandrapur

A few moments later, we heard some rustling nearby.

Our jeep moved ahead to check and we saw the majestic strips hidden in the bushes.

We heard some more rustling.

Soon, three cubs emerged from the bushes. They were cubs but still huge.

Shriram Prasad shares his best tiger spotting experience in Chandrapur

They were followed by their majestic mother Maya, the one who had killed the calf to feed her family.

The ranger informed us that Maya had killed the calf and had gone to fetch the cubs for the meal.

We saw the family of four walk past our jeep. We were silent, couldn't utter a word.

The only noises at the moment were coming from the click sounds made by our cameras.

The moment Maya passed me it gave me a stare.

It was a face to face moment which made a stunning picture.

We were mesmerised by the scene.

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Shriram Prasad shares his best tiger spotting experience in Chandrapur

Unfortunately, we were asked to move further by the rangers so that we don't disturb the tigers from eating their meal. 

After the trip I uploaded the pics of the tigers in a contest conducted by Aircel CSR initiative.

The interesting part was that I did not have a DSLR at that time; I had a point and shoot camera with a high zoom capacity. 

I never thought they will consider my pictures, but I was awarded first prize for the pictures.  


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Shriram Prasad