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Copyright: Victor Mukherjee (vmukherjee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 0 N: 123] (1472)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-15
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Olympus Sp 510uz
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Jim Corbett, Tigers & the National Park [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-18 20:42
Viewed: 4854
Points: 22
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May be the most majestic animal on the planet,.... 11 ft in length from tip of tail to tip of nose, the king of the Indian jungle! He did not even glance at us while walking past our jeep (around 30 ft away from him) in Bandhavgar National Forest.

What makes the tigers such majestic legendary creatues is their secretive yet kingly nature, their ability to blend in the surrounding perfectly, waiting patiently for hours before their prey makes a wrong move, and then giving the deadly strike in may be fraction of a second.

Having said all this, still the tiger is one of the most gentle creatures in the planet. Usually a person can stand on a tiger's trail calmly, the tiger will just walk past the person without causing her/ him the slightest harm if it is not bothered. There are many stories (of Jim Corbett and others) in which someone unintenionally stumbles upon a tiger hidden in a bush, and the tiger just moves away instead of showing the slightest intention of attacking him / her.

The few instances of tigers attacking humans occur when a tiger mistakes a squatting person for a monkey (which look very much alike), or the tiger gets alarmed due to sudden presence of a person, or when it becomes a human-eater !

Unfortunately, now 3 of the 8 subspecies of tigers have already vanished from the face of the earth, and the majestic Bengal tiger is also following the 3 unfortunate subspecies, thanks to the trade in tiger skin and different body parts in China and Tibet! But we still have plenty of hope, since when the buying stops, the killing will stop too. With major International effort WWF and other organizations are puting pressure on China to stop its tiger trade, and also as far as I know, there is reduction on tiger skin usage in Tibet, all thanks goes to Dalai lama.

This particular tiger is a Bengal Tiger, named B2, son of the famous tiger Charger (so named bcz of its aggressive nature of charging even elephants carrying tourists)

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always a great feeling to see a tiger in the wild and no better place than bandhavgarh to see them.
One of the best places to sight the majestic beast.

this is a fabulous capture.
may their population increase by leaps and bounds!!


Well this seems like - His Exellency is on the prowl.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-06-19 2:58]
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Hi Victor

For you seeing a tiger in the wild, especially at such close quarters, must be just as exciting and exhilarating as when I see a lion under the same conditions. The adrenaline is pumping and I am sure these creatures can even hear the pounding of our heart beats. It is great that we still have the opportunities to experience such sightings through the farsightedness of those people responsible to create and maintain such sanctuaries. If it were not for these National- Parks, Reserves, or Forests we probably never would have had the prospect or ability of ever enjoying the pleasure and appreciation in seeing these animals. Then perhaps we were dependent on the possibility of seeing these animals in a Zoo only. I know many people don't like the idea of Zoo's either, but in many instances, if it were not for these establishments, there would have been plenty species lost to mankind in totally. There are so many wonderful success stories of how near extinct species or even certain species already extinct in the wild, were replaced back into nature through the intense breeding programs at these facilities.

Interesting that you mention that there are 3 extinct tiger species and 5 species that's still around. Just the other day I did a critique on a tiger photo posted by Jusni Nasirun where I provided some research information on this aspect and I am sure you will find some of the statistics very interesting, so I will repeat that information here, just in case you have not seen it.

Subspecies still alive
Bengal tiger - Panthera tigris tigris (below 2,000 left in the wild)
Indochinese tiger - Panthera tigris corbetti (below 1,200 left in the wild)
Malayan tiger - Panthera tigris malayensis (below 800 left in the wild)
Sumatran tiger - Panthera tigris sumatrae (below 500 left in the wild)
Siberian tiger - Panthera tigris altaica (below 450 left in the wild)
South China tiger - Panthera tigris amoyensis (only 59 left in captivity)

Extinct subspecies
Balinese tiger - Panthera tigris balica
Javan tiger - Panthera tigris sondaica
Caspian (Persian) tiger - Panthera tigris virgata

Staggering stuff if you really think about it.

Thanks for this well captured shot of B2 enjoying the wild. I have seen that video clip of his dad attacking the tourists on an elephant. Scary stuff, I mean real scary stuff.

Good work and TFS.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-19 3:16]

Hello Victor,
This is just superb. Majestic animal and no doubt has all qualities. Excellent shot. Ganesh
PS I like the pose.

Good Morning Victor,
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
~Kahlil Gibran

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-26 0:37]

Hi Victor,
It's a beauty! It's always a pleasure to see a photo of a tiger in the wild. TFS

Hi Victor,
Excellent catch of this tiger in the wild, Excellent POV. and details, very well done.

Hi Victor,
Excellent, really majestic animal especially in the wild!
Well done, TFS

Tigers eat people in Nepal a lot. In the Kathmandu zoo, the man eaters are absolutely majestic, huge, beautiful. In America they would be killed. Mountain lions still come down to where I live in a city, in a valley. They eat cats and dogs.....

Bonjour Victor,
Je découvre ta galerie à l'occasion de ta visite sur la mienne. Tes publications sont à l'opposée des miennes par leurs diversités !!!
Je ne peux que reconnaître la qualité de cette publication par la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

nice tiger.

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