Death has descended on the tigers of Maharashtra.
Two female cubs were mowed down by a speeding train on the Chanda Fort- Gondia railway line under FDCM Chichpalli forest range in Maharashtra.
As reported, this is not a stand alone incident. The railway tracks of this region have acted as a death bed for a Leopard, a Bear family and a giant Indian Gaur.
It was common knowledge that a tigress lived in the region with her two cubs, yet, the administration did not issue any sensitisation warnings. The speed of the passing trains was not checked, and the vehicles passed with no consideration for the animals living in the forest.
As is rightfully said, the tigers were not crossing the railway track; the railway track was crossing the forest.
The dearth of dedicated forest corridors has been felt throughout India. It is felt when elephant matriarchs are electrocuted along with their entire families, it is felt when cubs bleed to their deaths as their paws are chopped off and it is felt when voiceless animals are stranded in shares of divided forests, unable to reclaim their ancestral paths.
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