Image courtesy- PV Subramaniam
Read below the experience of: Sarita Subramaniam
The forests of Dhikala pouted and sulked, as the bleak winter clouds dominated the lazy March sun. Two out of our three days were washed out by rain and chilly winds. We missed the chirping of the Bulbuls, the screeches of the Fish Eagles, the cackles of the Kingfishers, the barks of the Muntjac, and the growls of the Tiger.
Dejectedly, we were about to leave Dhikala when we heard that Paro, the Tigress from across the Ramganga River, had made a wild Boar kill, and had even called her five-month old cubs to partake of the feast. Paro, the Tigress, who single-handedly made the Paar (the area across the river) famous is the undisputed Queen of Dhikala.
We decided to head straight to see the family, but saw no sign of them at the location. While we continued to search the Lantana undergrowth for stripes we saw many imaginary tigers in the thickets. A bolt of lighting hit the ground in a flash, followed by a massive thunderclap announcing the arrival of the rain. Melancholy slapped us hard, as we lost all hope of seeing Paro.
Suddenly, like a diva making a grand entry in a Bollywood movie, Paro and her three frolicking cubs emerged from the grass, and walked straight towards us. The cubs gambolled along with their proud mother, trotting and ambling between her legs, kissing her, caressing her cheeks, vying for her attention.
Now, the rain was lashing down with big fat droplets, yet the tourists and all the photographers with their expensive camera gear were totally mesmerised with the happy-go-lucky family.
We noticed that one cub had lagged behind, and Paro who heard the yelps, instinctively ignored everything and went straight back to fetch the straggler. The quintessential Queen Paro showed us how mother’s instinct is, after all, the most powerful instinct of all.
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