Chandra


Chandra as a teenage cub (c) srikanth

Chandra as a teenage cub (c) srikanth

The boisterous first daughter of the ‘Lady of the lake’ Unnis (T19) she is now indepenedent but seldom seen, unlike her brothers.

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Age: 4 years old (adult)
Code: T63
First seen: February 2011
Gender: Female
Unnis with her three teenagers in late 2012 (c) Hemraj Singh

Unnis with her three teenagers in late 2012 (c) Hemraj Singh

Chanda, daughter of Unnis (T19) she was part of her famed mother’s first litter of three cubs with her two brothers, Akash (T64) and Suraj (T65). Their father was the dominant male of the territory, named Sitara (T28), whose realm also included the great lakes and crumbling palaces of Ranthambhore.

They grew up in Lahpur, a territory on the borders of the lakes, but not within the main visitor zone, only occasionally being seen as youngsters. Their aunt Satra (T17), Unnis’s sister, both daughters of the famous tigress Machali, lived next door in her mother’s old territory of the Rajbagh lakes, prime feeding grounds and a famed and picturesque tourism zone.

As they reached maturity at about two year old, under their mother’s unfailing care, their aunt Satra however with three of her own cubs, was involved in a dangerous fight, a squabble between two competing males for her affection, Sitara and Dollar (T25). The result was a dangerous wound to Satra after a fight in February 2013 with her protector Sitara, and a rapid retreat to safer ground with her three year old cubs, leaving the beautiful Rajbagh lakes territory open to her sister (and her mother Machali) to reclaim and enjoy once again.

Their aunt survived, with veterinary intervention, but Chanda’s mother decided her sister’s vacated estate, a jewel in the Ranthambhore crown and her childhood home was a good place to claim, and she moved in, bring her siblings with her. Not long afterwards Satra disappeared completely (it is thought he was poisoned but no evidence or knowledge of her whereabouts has ever been found) and so her mother’s rule of the lakes has remained.

Chanda is now independent of her mother and seldom seen, but her two brothers, Akash and Suraj remain together and enjoy the delights of the lake while their father tolerates their presence.

A tigress (Chanda) appears with a herd of sambar close by. The doe closest to the tigress froze and was rooted to its spot but did not send out alarm calls. (c) srikanth

A tigress (Chanda) appears with a herd of sambar close by. The doe closest to the tigress froze and was rooted to its spot but did not send out alarm calls. (c) srikanth

Credits: Tiger Nation

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