RARE BLACK TIGER IN ODISHA

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Pictures of a rare black tiger that was spotted in Odisha in 2019 went viral on Thursday as netizens found themselves discussing about the big cat on the internet constantly. Soumen Bajpayee, an amateur wildlife photographer, photographed the melanistic tiger at Simlipal Reserve and Nandankanan Sanctuary in eastern Odisha in April 2019 and had shared the images on Instagram.

More than a year later, pictures of the black tiger became a subject of discussion on the internet and went crazy viral.

WHO POSTED THE PICTURES OF THE BLACK TIGER?

Soumen Bajpayee posted pictures of the rare black tiger on Instagram last year with the caption, “Melanistic tigers have genetic changes which make them look different from normal tigers. Melanistic tigers can be found both in the wild and captivity, but, it’s rare.

Speaking to Metro, Soumen said that he wasn’t aware of melanistic tigers and was surprised to see them in Odisha.

“Back then, I didn’t have any idea about melanistic tigers. Then suddenly it appeared from the woods, stayed for few seconds and walked back behind the trees. Initially I didn’t even recognise what happened as I saw a completely different tiger,” Soumen told Metro.

“I have seen many tigers before both in the wild and in captivity but this was a completely different one. I was extremely grateful to see it myself even though it was for a few seconds,” he added.

Metro defines black tigers as Bengal tigers with pseudo-melanism. This means that their stripes are so thick and close together that their fur is almost not visible.

WHAT ARE BLACK TIGERS?

Metro defines black tigers as Bengal tigers with pseudo-melanism. This means that their stripes are so thick and close together that their fur is almost not visible.

Published by Sima Sarkar

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