Son of Machali
|Copyright: Roy Fallon (Roynsam)
|Date Taken: 2006-02-05|
|Camera: Kodak EasyShare CX7530|
|Exposure: f/4.1, 1/90 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2006-06-27 13:07|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|This is the 2 year old son of Machali.|
Machali is the most famous, living, tigress in Ranthambhore National Park, in India.
Her male cub is known locally as Cheeky Boy, but this name will change to an official title very soon.
This photo was taken in February this year, from a distance of about 4 metres.
By now I think that Machali will have sent him off to make his own way in the World and soon he will become one of the great male tigers of Ranthambhore.
With luck he will find his own territory and have his own harem of females.
So long as he does not meet up with any of the existing males in the next couple of years he should survive to maturity and he will be a huge cat.
He was already as big as his mother when this photo was taken and he has about 2 more years left to grow to his full size.
Ranthambhore, and India needs tigers like him to continue the tiger line.
He has a twin sister and hopefully they have seperated, never to meet again.
One of the biggest problems facing the tigers in all of India's National Parks is the fact that the Indian authorities have seperated the forests with towns and roads, so that tigers have no natural corridors to move into new territories and take them over.
This causes the tigers to meet up with their own relatives and, unfortunately inbreeding takes place.
This can cause the offspring to be born with genetic faults and their future becomes very uncertain and bleak, to say the least.
They rarely survive the first few months of life.
The Indian authorities could easily open up new corridors or enter into a programme of capturing males and moving them into new areas but this seems to be far too much like hard work, and beyond their capabilities.
So the tiger continues to suffer at the hands of man today, tomorrow and every day for the foreseeable future, at the present rate of suffering, the wild tiger will be gone forever by the end of this, first decade of the 21st. Century.
We all have a part to play in ensuring this does not happen.
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- [2006-06-27 13:28]
I like this photo a lot, although the ears are cut of and there is some overexposure on the left side of the manes. But it has a nice feeling and looks like a painting.Your note is interesting again.
p.s. about the beer, I'm sorry to say, he has been shot yesterday (I saw on the television)
there was a lot of opposition, saying that the bear behaved like a bear used to do(taking a bath in the lake etc..) and wasn't aggresive when some people were in his neighbourhood. There was so much place there
in the mountains and forest where he was...
four meters? no caress for its?