Wildlife enthusiasts thronging tiger reserves may not always necessarily mean disturbance for the big cats. The alertness of a wildlife photographer from Telangana saved an injured tiger in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve (Madhya Pradesh) from suffering more agony on Saturday.
Says lensman Kola Venkateswarlu of Kodad, popularly known as Bommala Venkanna, “I saw a sub-adult cub of Darha tigress in visible pain and struggling to remove the thorns stuck near its mouth apparently during a tussle with a porcupine the previous night.”
Venkanna was on one of his regular visits to the reserve when he spotted the cub. “Only when I looked at a close-up shot in my camera did I realise the gravity of the pain and immediately informed the forest guard who in turn alerted the Forest Range Officer,” he told The Hindu upon returning here on Sunday.