Ranthambore Tigers and Tigresses are having their own stories. Here is another story of two siblings, from my RNP (Ranthambore National Park) tour expedition.
I met Pacman (The Hunk Tiger) and his sister Lightning (Pretty and Powerful Tigress), during my June 2016 Ranthambore trip. I was amazed by seeing the brotherly and sisterly love of these wild siblings.
It all happened during the second safari of our first day visit to the Ranthambore National Park. While we started our journey into the jungle on our open Gypsy, we came through a water-body where a tiger was resting. We restlessly rushed into the jungle, in search of more tigers to take some good photographs.
After a few hours, we came back to the same place, the water-body where the Lightning was laying. That place was much nearer to the Mahal. When we reached there, we found the tigress Lightning was moving towards the muddy road that connects to the Mahal. She was looking at the spotted deers those standing on the other side of the water-body.
Along with capturing her movement on camera, we started guessing on her next move. The scene was quite far from our vehicle, so I added Teleconverted of 1.4 to the camera body and made the lens to 720mm. It gave me the access to capture the moments beautifully. In the mean time, Lightning started moving towards the Mahal, we clicked a few shots when she drank some water and came back to her previous sitting place.
We waited there for a few minutes, to capture some more photographs of the tigress. While looking here and there, we found some Sambar were standing in the middle of the water. They were having no movements and standing in an alert position.
We guessed, they are doing so in fear of a tiger or something. All of a sudden, we noticed Pacman was coming towards the water-body. He walked towards the Mahal. We again became much excited to capture the photos of the tiger on the Mahal.
In a few minutes, Pacman had gone missing inside the jungle. But after 5 to 10 minutes, we saw Pacman coming on the same mud road that connects to Mahal. He came towards the place where his sister Lightning was laying.
After sitting for a few minutes on the muddy road, Pacman moved downwards to water-body to drink some water. And he sat there on the green grass, near the water-body. After a few minutes, his sister came and joined him there.
Pacman and Lightning started to play with each other! It was really amazing for all of us. We captured the beautiful moment gracefully. It continued for a few minutes there since we had to end our Tiger Safari.
Their brotherly and sisterly love made our Tiger Safari fantastically memorable. We unknowingly spent a lot of time watching the siblings playing there. We left the place and rushed quickly to the exit gate. The safari timing was about to finish, we may have to pay the fine, if we would make further delay.
It was a wow moment for us! We came back to our room and had the dinner. We were really happy and thanked Mr Hemraj Meena, our tour guide for giving us this opportunity.