A rare video of a mother tigress abandoning her cubs so that they establish their own territory is making the internet sad. The viral video was shared by Indian Forest Officer Susanta Nanda with a sentimental caption that read, “ Final Goodbye”.
In the video, the tigress can be seen stepping away from the two male cubs in an attempt to abandon them so they can be on their own. As customary, the tigress leaves her cubs when they grow a certain age so that they are able to explore the territory and stay with other male tigers.
Final good bye. It’s time for the two male cubs to leave their mother & establish own territory. By 18 months the cubs know how to hunt on their own but may stay still 2.5 yrs with mother. Here the mother pushes the unwilling brothers to leave. From one South India TR( WA by FD) pic.twitter.com/wFhPQd0in1— Susanta Nanda IFS (@susantananda3) February 11, 2020
The male tigers stay up to 2.5 years with their mothers. However, after they learn to hunt for their food, the mothers usually want them to go in search of their male pack and learn other techniques of demarcating the land as their own. The 30-second sentimental footage portrays the unwilling male cubs that are struggling to leave and run back to their mother repeatedly.
Internet users were rendered heartbroken at the visuals and said that animals feel and behave like humans, the clip is proof of that. Some users pointed out that mothers across different animals breed are as emotional as human mothers. The video has been widely circulated and has garnered 1.3k views. The users have left mixed responses at the footage, some calling it the fight between the male tigers while others calling it sibling rivalry.
Love the submissive posture the cubs show.— shiv (@bennedose) February 11, 2020
After five yrs if the mother and son meet can they recognise each other other?— Sree Basu (@SreeBasu84) February 11, 2020
18 appears to be a magical number— Pankaj Malviya (@malviyapankaj) February 11, 2020
From sibling love to rivalry in adulthood. I guess nature way to prevent in breeding.— Kartick Kumar Misraa (@kartickmisraa) February 11, 2020
Responsibilities no matter how dear you are!!!— Hari Babu (@haribabunarra) February 11, 2020