Yoshila is no stranger to hardships. One of the park’s most secretive tigers, she’s content to stalk Bandhavgarth’s swamps alone.
This young tigress welcomed her first litter of three cubs in 2010. But tragedy struck during the monsoon season and she lost one soon after – a crushing blow for the proud mother. In the space of a month in April and May 2012 she lost her other two cubs, both to large males. A new litter was born in late November 2012.
Born in the early summer of 2006 to mother Chameli’s second litter, Yoshila grew up alongside brother C3 and sister C4 in the Sukia Pattia area of the park, then a little visited part of the reserve. Their father, Shaki was the dominant male in the area, keeping them safe from harm.
Little is known of Yoshila’s younger years and very little was seen of the cubs. However, Yoshila reappeared in her old stamping ground – her mother’s territory – several years after she was first spotted. Her first litter of three followed close behind her.
At the start of this season one cub went missing and we presumed he had died during the monsoon. Yoshila fiercely protected her two remaining cubs, sticking closely to their sides as they matured. However, on the 12th of March, 2012, Yoshila experienced the loss of yet another cub when her son Y2 was killed by the Jobhi male-a powerful tiger looking to expand his territory. Tragically she then lost her last cub, soon afterwards on the 12th May, when he was discovered dead, again over a meal, and it is beleived that Blue eyes was the killer. A very sad ending to her first family. Yoshila has now lost all three of her cubs.
On the 30th November 2012 she was seen, heavy with milk, beside the Sukia Patia waterhole. Her second litter has arrived.
These life stories have been brought to you by Kay and Satyendra Tiwari, and involved twenty five years of passion, note taking and intelligence while living on the borders of Bandhavgarh Reserve. Read their blogs and diaries here.
Credits: Tiger Nation