An extreme most form of Cannibalism is reported from Madhya Pradesh’s Kanha reserve. A male tiger named ‘Bajrang’ has killed three big cats. Wildlife experts have described it as a ‘rare’ case seen among the cannibalism of the wild cats. The tiger had also eaten some parts of the tigers he killed.
Forest officials confirmed a male tiger in the Kanha National Park had killed two sub-adults along with a tigress in the last one month. Kanha National park field director L Krishnamurthy was quoted, “The sub-adults who were about 2 to 2.5 years old were killed by tiger we have named Bajrang, who is around 6 to 7 years and the dominant male of the region. Bajrang was also responsible for killing a tigress on January 19 in the Mundidadar area of the park.”
A post-mortem was done on the remains of one of the sub-adult tigers. However, a post mortem could not be conducted for the second one because Bajrang ate the remains of that tiger, as per the officials.
Tigers do not really eat on their own members unless they are extremely hungry. Tiger expert and president of the Wildlife Conservation Trust, Anish Andheria said, “In most cases, tigers will avoid fighting and killing another tiger because they themselves might be injured in the attack, but they do so to protect their territory.” Kanha has enough prey animals for tigers so the wild cat killing each other is worrying.