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Save Our Tigers: 12 Pictures of Tiger That are Adorably Majestic

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Photographer: Michael J Vickers
Location: Ranthambhore

‘The Tragic Story Of Ustad:' Ranthambhore's famous male tiger T-24, also known as ‘Ustad', was born late in 2005 to T-22, or ‘Gayatri' - now an elderly tigress residing in the Guda area of the Park. He was sired by T-20 or ‘Jhumroo', son of the world famous tigress ‘Machali.' As he grew older and stronger, he acquired a large home range within the park and has since sired two litters of cubs with the tigress ‘Noor' (T-39). Unfortunately he is said to have killed 4 people within his home range, the last being a forest guard on May 8, 2015. Some people have termed Ustad a man-eater although there is no evidence that he has eaten any of the 4 deceased. A blood test carried out on Ustad shortly after the incident found no trace of human tissue. On May 16, 2015 Ustad was taken away from his natal home, leaving behind two small cubs at the mercy of any rival male tiger.

"In my opinion, it is both cruel and unnecessary for this tiger to remain incarcerated for the rest of his life. It is both mentally and physically unacceptable for any wild animal to be removed from their natural home and put into captivity. I hope and pray that common sense and compassion will prevail so that Ustad can be returned to his natal home before it is too late, says Michael J Vickers."

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