Credit to @praveensiddannavar : Sonam - Queen of Telia Lake!
I have been fortunate to document Tigress Sonam since she was just about 5/6 months old and now I cant believe she is almost 7 years old and already had two litters of 3 and current one with 4 cubs who all are fathered by a huge male known as Bajrang.
The name Sonam probably derived from her unique “S” mark on her right cheek, she is daughter of the most famous tigress Madhuri who once dominated the Telia Lake, however the territory was later acquired by Sonam. Waghdoh once India’s biggest tiger is father of Sonam, so she has a great history and belongs to the legendary tiger family from Telia close to Mohurli gate. Her mother Madhuri has already littered 19 cubs and she is still going strong and is resident in the buffer zone of Agarzhari.
Sonam is an excellent hunter and ferious tigress, she even chased away her 3 sisters from the territory and currently nursing 4 cubs aged almost 8/9 months. Interestingly her male cub from the previous litter is still attached with his mom and Sonam has accepted him, he is known as Rocket, because he is extremely shy and as soon as he sees the safari vehicle he runs into the bushes in a flash.
During this sighting Sonam had made a Sambar deer kill, and she would come out on few occasions to quench her thirst. We were right in front of this small puddle of rain-collected water and I had to shoot using my 70-200mm lens. We followed her for two days and managed to capture her family of 5 tigers. Later we also spotted her mate the huge tiger Bajrang in a close by waterhole.
June 2018, Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve
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