After witnessing the three cubs drinking together, I thought to myself “things can’t get any better than this” but they did….
The scar-faced male returned to the water, to be met by a cub… his cub.
It was a rare and tender moment in the jungles of central India. A male tiger showing affection toward his cub.
Moments later, the female known as Sharmeelee (the shy one) appeared, and also head rubbed the male. It was amazing to witness her with the male, as she is rarely seen out in the open. Perhaps she felt safer as the was around.
Finally another cub appeared and completed the family ritual with a head rub greet…
And the crowning moment, the family portrait. A male, female and cub in the wild.