A massive hunt was launched last month when first time mother, T-17 otherwise known as Sundari went missing from Ranthambhore National Park. Daughter of the legendary tigress Machali, her disappearance has caused great concern, as she’s left behind three 11 month old cubs, that are now under the watch of forest officials.
Earlier, four teams were deployed as search parties with the Assistant Conservators of Forest and range officers leading the staff. In all, more than 110 people were deployed in the combing operation. The teams covered Amba Ghati, Badlav, Tamba Khan, Kacchidah and other areas inside the national park. Lack of evidence suggests that the tigress is not dead, however, there has yet to be any sightings of her, including pug marks or images caught on motion camera traps.
Wildlife experts are seeing her disappearance as failing of the tracking system in the tiger reserve where at least eight big cats (excluding Sundari) have either disappeared or strayed from the park.