Kuwalji male (T42) or Fateh, is one to avoid if you are faint-hearted. An aggressive male, he is prone to charging both vehicles and people. In fact he is famous for charging a Forest Department vehicle for up to two kilometres!
T42 is now (thankfully) residing outside the key tourism zone.
One of three cubs born to Jail Kho female (T30) and the famous Jhumroo, T42 was brought up in the Jail Kho and Indala regions – part of his father’s territory. Since this area is outside of the main tourism zone, little is known about his early years.
Sometime after he separated from the mother, he found his way to Kuwalji – the southernmost tip of the Ranthambhore Tiger reserve. Here he challenged and killed the resident elder male T36. This ruling male had been orphaned as a young cub and had not learnt all the survival and fighting tricks from his mother – making it easy for T42 to defeat him.
T42 now lives in Kuwalji, originally with the Kuwalji female (T37), sister of the male that he killed. Sadly T37 was found dead in early 2013 from intestinal problems.
He was seen in the census in May 2012, when he charged a vehicle twice and was seen occasionally chasing vehicles in 2012/13.
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