Johnno has grown into an impressive young male. He was seen at Rajbehra junction with one of his sisters tracking up the dirt road towards the cool sandy dry river bed looking for a peaceful spot to rest and digest a recent meal. Both he and his sister look suitably content as they amble down amongst the rocks and flop down on the golden sand.
Johnno’s sister is restless though, perhaps over fed. She finds a more comfortable spot under a nearby tree on the bank with tall grasses as an under blanket and hankers down again to clean her paws and fur before collapsing and falling asleep. For an hour or so there is little movement but the twitch of an ear amongst the dappled forest.
Johnno gets up and decides to take a little wonder along a road closed to visitors before reappearing on the bank side and approaching his sister. Within seconds he too has vanished into thick bamboo cover and does not show his face again.
Meanwhile their mother Jaya is on the other side of the park near Sukki dam. She has a small kill and is feasting alone. Her cubs are almost two years old now and she is spending less and less time with the boisterous and demanding family of four and now looking after herself for a change.
Can Johnno now provide for himself in the future, or is he for wver going to rest on the hard work of a sister or mother?
Credits: Tiger Nation