A team of experts, including veterinarians, will visit Pandharkawda for a recce of the area and help the forest department finalise the strategy to safely rescue the cubs of tigress T1.
"With the sighting of both cubs in a camera trap on November 15, we are very happy, because this evidence is a scientific slap in the face of some pseudo activists, who have been making baseless comments against forest department staff, who are taking efforts to track them," said a forest department official.
Vets from Maneka's list?
Union Minister Maneka Gandhi had sent a letter to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis suggesting names of expert veterinarians from various states and a tiger tracker from Uttar Pradesh to help in the operation for rescuing the cubs, alleging that the Maharashtra FD was doing nothing.
While it is unclear whether the vets mentioned in the list given by Gandhi will be going to Pandharkawda, a forest department official said, "I cannot comment on the list given by Manekaji, but expert veterinarian Dr Parag Nigam from Wildlife Institute of India (WII), scientist Dr Bilal Habib from WII, Dr Akhilesh Misra from MP Forest Department along with a field director from Madhya Pradesh will visit Pandharkawda and help us prepare the strategy."
A senior official from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) also visited the Scene of Crime (SoC) (spot where the tigress was killed) on Friday to understand what exactly had happened.