Somanshu was a young male in the Tala zone, one of the three cubs of Vijaya’s first litter brought up in the heart of the park. Bold and gregarious. His sister was killed in May 2013 and its beleived he was killed by the same mystery male early in July 2013.
Reserve: Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh
Age: 3 years old (sub-adult)
Name Meaning: Moonbeam after his father
Somanshu was born in the late monsoon of 2011 and first seen in November 2011 as a small cub of approximately 2 months of age in the Chorbehra are, with two other siblings. Gregarious and bold as a youngster and born of the feisty tigress Vijaya under his star father Shashi. He is a tiger of the famous Sita bloodline but with the new blood of Shaki added through her mother’s lineage. Somanshu was born to a litter of three cub, with two sisters and part of his mother’s first litter of cubs.
Born and raised in the security of Chorbehra and Sidh Baba where he spent much of the first six months of her life with his siblings. He moved with the family to the Fort plateau during the late monsoon of 2012, when trouble brewed with males challenging his father. He spent the winter months completing his first year in the company of his siblings and mother moving from kill to kill and enjoying the play ground of young life around Chakradhara meadow.
After a spirited childhood when he was often seen at play particularly with his spirite sister Balu, while his sister V1 had turned into a shy reclusive young female before being killed by the dnagerous and mysterious male challenger to his father, Rahasy.
He was just gearing up to face the harsh rigours of life as a young male tiger within the forests of Bandhavgarh, when he was presumed to have been killed and found in early July in the Chorbehra area. It’s believed the same killer as that of his sister Rahasy, was to blame. However in February 2014 it was discovered that Somanshu was indeed still alive and well in her mother’s terrain after all. The problem then was who was the dead cub?
Credits: Tiger Nation