In a blatant display of insensitivity, a video has emerged on Saturday, of forest officials of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve clicking selfies with a dead tiger in Rajasthan's Sawai district. The three-year-old male tiger T-109 or 'Veeru' died on Thursday, after succumbing to his injuries incurred in a fight allegedly over forest territory, according to ANI. The Reserve staff had reportedly performed last rites for 'Veeru' at Aama Ghat in Sawai Madhopur on Friday. The video shows a uniformed officer posing for a self with Veeru's body as staff watch. Then officials are seen picking up the tiger's remains to perform his last rites.
Earlier on September 30, 'Veeru' was found in a severely injured condition with almost 40-50 injury marks on his body, as per ANI. He was reportedly found in a severely dehydrated state after being injured due to a fight with another tiger. CISF official Manoj Parashar had told ANI on Friday, that the tiger had died due to severe blood loss and dehydration. He added that that the tiger had been found three-four days after the fight.
After Veeru succumbed to his on Thursday, veterinary doctor Rajiv Garg who had performed the post-mortem had confirmed that the tiger had died due to blood loss and dehydration. He said to ANI, "He has around 40-50 injury marks on his body. The fight between the two tigers and the late discovery of the injured tiger caused his death. Unfortunately, we could not save him."
According to reports, this is the second tiger death in the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve due to a fight over territory. Experts have reportedly claimed that the Reserve is bursting at seams with the increasing tiger population, leading to more territorial fights. Experts have also stated that a tiger needs 10 sq km area in an ideal condition, as per reports. The Ranthambore Reserve currently houses 70 tigers, which experts reportedly state in over its housing capacity.
Overall, Veeru has been the sixth wild cat to die in Rajasthan this year, as per reports. Records state that three tigers have died in reserves at Sariska and Ranthambore. Meanwhile, a lion, a whit-tiger and a tiger cub have died in Nahargarh Biological Park due to canine distemper virus, as per reports. As per the figures of the tiger estimation, India achieved its target of doubling the population of the national animal with a record census of 3000 tigers.