Nagpur: Two tiger cubs were killed in the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) in neighbouring Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, forest officials said today.
The incident came to light on Sunday evening when a forest guard spotted the carcasses in Mul forest range in TATR buffer zone, they said.
The cubs were killed by a male tiger, Deputy Director, Tadoba Buffer Zone, Gajendra Narwane told a news agency.
According forest officials, both the cubs had suffered serious injuries. One of them had suffered a puncture in the skull while the other had a fracture in the mandible (lower jaw or jaw bone).
Narwane said the pug marks of a female tigress, most probably their mother, were found near the spot, where the cubs were dragged and killed.
The process to identify this tigress is underway, he said.
It is suspected that the cubs, a male and a female, were killed to either to retain territory or to induce the female for mating, the officer added.