You may remember last year we ran a competition to name the Bengal Tiger cub we sponsored in Bandhavgarh National Park in India. You can read about Kanvar, the winning name meaning ‘Young Prince’, in our blog post here. We’ve recently had an update on him from Tiger Nation, and more especially his brother, Pushpraj, who’s clearly becoming a force to be reckoned with, in his Madhya Pradesh home .
TIGER DIARY 20th February 2014
Pushpraj – The young pretender, in the Tala zone. C Satyendra Tiwari
Pushpraj, the young pretender, is elusive and introvert, broody and antisocial, but increasingly dangerous and aggressive. As a youngster he preferred his own company to those of his siblings and the henpecking of his mother. He never really liked his brother Kanvar and was often seen snarling at him as he preferred to spent time in the company of pretty sister Ananti.
Pushpraj today walks with a swagger, confident and assured as he strolls through the tangled and twisted branches of strangler vines that their sal tree hosts give succour too near Dabrua junction. Pushpraj spots a small herd of spotted deer ahead and stops and crouches to evaluate his position before a sharp eyed deer spots him and barks in alarm. His cover blown, neither he nor the alerted deer take much notice of each other as Pushpraj continue his onward journey.
Now fully mature at three year’s old, Pushpraj is muscular and well toned. He’s sporting a couple of cuts on his muzzle, probably earned during a recent conflict with his father Shashi or perhaps from his mother Wakeeta, trying to keep her eldest son from her latest brood, his half-brothers. How many fights this young braveheart has won is uncertain but he is making his mark and increasingly growing in influence.
Shashi – forced outside the park by injuries in fights with his son, drinks at a village pond. Photo Satyendra Tiwari.
While Pushpraj’s swagger and confidence grows it seems his father, Shashi’s is on the decline. Could it be sooner than expected that this young blade moves from being called ‘the son of a flower’ to becoming ‘the king of the flowers‘ in Bandhavgarh’s famed Tala Range.
Pushpraj meanwhile, sits on a small hillock and stares out across the rolling landscape that he now desires to call his own. It’s a familiar place, not only his birthplace and also home of both his mother Wakeeta (Banbehi ) and his aunt Tulsi (Mirchani) and both know him now for his ruthlessness and his persistence.
Who knows how this story will develop? We’ll keep you posted.
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