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Last June, when I first saw Noor, T-39, the Bengal tigress at Ranthambore, she looked like she would have a litter. Over the monsoon months of 2016, she gave birth to three cubs, all female. Noor and her cubs have been the main draw at Ranthambore since they started being seen late last year, though Noor has been careful to keep her cubs hidden for the most part.

I had the chance to visit Ranthambore in March. As it were, the night before my safaris started, Noor had been seen with only two cubs. The first morning of safaris started with Noor going on her own to look for her lost cub. There was no guarantee she would find the lost cub. She called out, and eventually found her missing cub.

The cub was in a happy mood, after what must have been a difficult night for mother and cub. The cub thought it was time to play but Noor was all business.

With the missing cub now back with her, Noor called out for the other two cubs to join her. The family of four made their way back through the forest to their den. As it turned out, I never saw Noor and the cubs that week despite trying hard. She has since been seen with her three cubs more frequently.







Noor goes looking for her missing cub

  Canon EOS-1D X    EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens    105mm    f/4.5    1/640s    2500 ISO    0.0 EV  







Noor's cub thinks it is time to play

  Canon EOS-1D X    EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens    330mm    f/7.1    1/500s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  







Cub follows its mother

  Canon EOS-1D X Mark II    EF500mm f/4L IS II USM lens    500mm    f/4.0    1/500s    250 ISO    0.0 EV  







T-39, Noor

  Canon EOS-1D X Mark II    EF500mm f/4L IS II USM lens    500mm    f/4.0    1/500s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







Noor takes her three cubs through the forest to their den

  Canon EOS-1D X    EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens    164mm    f/8.0    1/640s    640 ISO    0.0 EV  




Apr 17, 2017 at 12:14 AM
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Sweet!
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Apr 17, 2017 at 12:18 AM
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eyelaser wrote:
Sweet!
Eric


Thank you, Eric! There's something magical about big cats.



Apr 17, 2017 at 12:41 AM
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What an experience!


Apr 17, 2017 at 01:03 AM
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psharvic wrote:
What an experience!


Indeed! It was fantastic to experience this on the very first morning. After this experience, we sat at where we thought the family would re-emerge the rest of the day (~6 hours), but that was not to be.



Apr 17, 2017 at 01:12 AM
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what a delightful story and great to see the family, great job


Apr 17, 2017 at 01:22 AM
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kdacharya wrote:
what a delightful story and great to see the family, great job


Thank you, KD. All thanks to you and Subrat for putting me on the correct path.



Apr 17, 2017 at 01:26 AM
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2, 3 and 4 are Super

Morris



Apr 17, 2017 at 02:17 AM
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Great set of photos. It easy to see why they are so popular. You are lucky to be able to see them.

Dave



Apr 17, 2017 at 04:40 AM
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lovely job on the tigers


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Very enjoyable ~ Ron


Apr 17, 2017 at 12:43 PM
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morris wrote:
2, 3 and 4 are Super

Morris


Thank you, Morris! Eye-level image of a tiger was one of the items on my list to get.

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dclark wrote:
Great set of photos. It easy to see why they are so popular. You are lucky to be able to see them.

Dave


Thank you, Dave! These cubs are 7 months old. I can see them being the main draw for another year as they (and their mother) stay in two of the main tourism areas within the forest.
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kmunroe wrote:
lovely job on the tigers


Thank you very much! Tigers are generally hard to find and a good sighting needs good luck (to me at least).
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surfnron wrote:
Very enjoyable ~ Ron


Thank you, Ron! I am officially addicted to tiger photos.



Apr 17, 2017 at 07:44 PM
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Very nice


Apr 18, 2017 at 12:24 AM
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RobAmy wrote:
Very nice


Thank you very much!



Apr 18, 2017 at 01:57 PM
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Wonderful series and narration of the story. Thank you for sharing.
Frank



Apr 18, 2017 at 06:18 PM
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Great series. They must really be a sight to see in their natural habitat.

Mike



Apr 18, 2017 at 10:27 PM
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YneGrwr wrote:
Wonderful series and narration of the story. Thank you for sharing.
Frank


Thank you, Frank. Usually, I do not see any tigers, or if I do, they are fleeting, and if they do tend to be seen for a few minutes, there is no story. This was my first such experience.
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Candor wrote:
Great series. They must really be a sight to see in their natural habitat.

Mike


Thank you, Mike. Tigers are always special to me. They are hard to find with more driving around and alarms calls than actual sightings. All of that disappears with even a short glimpse into their life.



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Fabulous!!

Amit



Apr 19, 2017 at 12:24 PM
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Warkari wrote:
Fabulous!!

Amit


Thank you, Amit!



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