Crooked Tail


Left flank of Crooked Tail ID (c) Aditya Dhanwatey

Left flank of Crooked Tail ID (c) Aditya Dhanwatey

Right flank of Crooked Tail ID (c) Aditya Dhanwatey

Right flank of Crooked Tail ID (c) Aditya Dhanwatey

Easy to spot with his offset tail, Crooked tail has not let this affect his survival or his good looks. Now a maturing male he has never really got used to the hassle of visitors, and ensures they recognise who is boss when he is around with growls and fangs.  He has had his time cut out though, trying to cover four females in his territory. Will he be able to relieve the pressure on him from both south and north? Only time will tell.

3Crooked Tail arrived in Tadoba in 2006. He was completely unknown at the time but soon started to have real impact because of the paucity of dominant males at this time in the area. Boom and Hilltop male had for years had the run of the mill to themselves and so Crooked Tail came as a wake-up call to them.

Soon Crooked Tail, a big muscular male was nestling in on their turf and slowly he began to push Hill top male north and settling into his own prime territory.

At this time he was so sure of himself that he began to become an extraordinary thief, seldom seen hunting himself he found it easier to steal from his ladies or even on one occasion from wild dogs, a risk seldom taken by tigers, who are scared themselves of wild dog packs.

By 2008 he was at his prime and covering a number of tigresses, including Vasanti (J4) and Laxmi (M1) and probably others.

Today he is now being squeezed by the new tiger on the block, Scarface (M8), and even larger and uglier character, from the south and by the old and prodigious Hilltop male (M2) from the north.

Will Scarface eventually turf off Crooked Tail? Follow him here.

These life stories have been brought to you thanks to the records, diaries and photographs of Aditya Dhanwatay over the last ten years. They have been written and edited by Julian Matthews.

Credits: Tiger Nation

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