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Tigress Riddhi Attacks Crocodile in Ranthambore

05 Feb, 2024

Tigress Riddhi’s Attempt to Hunt Down Crocodile at Ranthambore’s National Park

For the animals at Rajasthan’s Ranthambore National Park, it might have been just another day, but for the tourists visiting the park, it was a day that surely will remain memorable. In a video captured by tourists, tigress T-124, otherwise called Riddhi, can be seen on a hunt. Only this time it is a hunt for the park’s crocodile! In the video posted on social media, Riddhi can be seen moving quietly and carefully towards the lake, perhaps to quench her thirst, but as can be seen further, it was to hunt down the lone crocodile she spotted lurking along the water body! Since crocodiles are also among some of the top predators known for their keen sense of awareness, perhaps sensing a threat it vanishes back into the water, getting to live another day. Riddhi’s disappointment is also shared by the spectators as can be seen in the video. The video that went viral on social media has been viewed by thousands of people and has been the talk among wildlife enthusiasts. This video comes just days after the tigress was seen carrying a deer that she hunted in zone 4 of the national park.

T-124 or Riddhi is one of the iconic tigresses of Ranthambore and has been nicknamed the "The Notorious Queen of Ranthambore”. Around 5 years of age, Riddhi can be seen roaming in the park’s zone 3 and 4 and can be seen along the lakes of Padam Talao, Rajbagh Talao, and Malik Talao. She is often compared to her great grandmother, Tigress Machali, the most iconic of the tigresses seen by Ranthambore, who once ruled its jungles with power and authority.

Ranthambore National Park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, and is among the top tiger reserves in the country. Establishing itself as a wildlife sanctuary in 1955, the national park was announced as a tiger reserve under the Project Tiger in 1973. So far, the national park has seen only a rise in the population of the big cat ever since its implementation as a tiger reserve, all thanks to the joint efforts by the National Tiger Conservation Authority and the dedicated efforts by the authorities of the national park. Not only housing the Bengal tiger, the park also has wildlife such as leopard, jungle cat, Indian fox, and the marsh crocodile among others, that can be sighted by visitors on a jungle safari provided by Ranthambore.

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