Two tiger cubs were on Sunday found dead under mysterious circumstances in the Ranthambhore National Park (RNP) in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur district.
“Carcasses of two male cubs were spotted along with two carcasses of goats near Taleda village located in the North of RNP, which is 175 km from here,” R.N. Mehrotra, State Chief Wildlife Warden, told PTI.
The cause of their death was yet to be ascertained, he said, adding that, however, prima facie it seemed like a case of poisoning.
When asked to clarify whether it was a poaching incident, he said it was too early to draw such a conclusion.
The carcasses have been sent for post-mortem.
According to a census conducted by the forest department in May 2009, there were 40 tigers in and around Ranthambore National Park and Sawai Madhopur wildlife sanctuary.
Meanwhile, People for Animal (NGO) state convenor Babulal Jaju demanded that a high-level probe be ordered into the deaths by the State government.