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May 12, 2015
Ever imagined a tiger so bold to eat his prey in the middle of a busy highway. That’s "T24" or the "Ustad" apparently, been
spotted on the highway more than once. During our 3-day stay, in Ranthambore and on one of our visit's to the park, we heard calls just near the park's entry gate. We could see few people climbing nearby rooftops of the buildings and houses to have a peep
into what was actually going around. oops!!! It was T24 our own very dear Ustad.
It is believed that T24 had some problem in his legs around 18 months back.
A splinter of wood was the trouble shooter for him. So, the forest officials took him away to remove the splinter and treat him further. This took about 1-2 days and during this period, T24 had enough time to be around humans leading him to be completely fearless
of the presence of humans around him. And since then, he has been responsible for creating the fear of God in man.
From the main gate of the National Park, there is a public road that goes till the Ranthambore fort and many people use it regularly to offer prayers to the famous Ganesh mandir inside the fort. This road falls within tiger territory and on many evenings, tigers
can be spotted. Now this road comes under the territory of T24 and another female tiger as well. A male will have a larger territory overlapping a few female tigers.
Now since that T24 has killed around 4 people it is being given a thought of it being a man eater. But many experts still believe that tigers don't become man eaters till the former is unable to hunt due to some physical ailment or its territory is being trespassed
time and again. In the case of T24 the reasons quite obvious have been the latter where fear of the presence of human beings around him has vanished completely. However mighty the human may think he is, but the side is always flipped when it comes to the ruler
of the jungle.
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