Cannibalism in Tigers

Rakesh Shukla


Infighting between adult tigers is often fierce and bloody, a scene in the Kanha Tiger Reserve. While a few adult tigers and cubs have been cannibalised partly in the past years, it does not mean there is dearth of prey for tigers in Kanha.
A tiger with a cub it partially cannibalised after it crushed the cub’s skull. Photo: R.B. Pathak
Another partially cannibalised cub. Photo: Sudhir Mishra
The Kanha Tiger Reserve. Stringent protection, dense forest cover and waterbodies ensure excellent natal areas for tigresses. Photo: Suresh Deshmukh
Tigers also die unnoticed, of serious and infectious wounds. Photo: R.B. Pathak
A survivor whose wound is healing because it was treated in time. Photo: Sandip Agrawal
Kanha’s most famous cat, Munna, with the letters CAT “emblazoned” on his forehead, now old, licking a wound caused by infighting. Photo: Sandip Agrawal
The tigress (right) tried hard but could not save her two cubs from the male (left). Photo: Sandip Agrawal
The tiger generally preys upon calves and small-sized Indian gaur, listed as vulnerable. Photo: Sudhir Mishra
The entire core zone at Kanha has now become tranquil and inviolate for tigers. Photo: Suresh Deshmukh
Habitat improvement practices help build an excellent prey base for the tiger. Photo: Suresh Deshmukh
The increasing barasingha population indicates the health of grasslands. Photo: Sudhir Mishra
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