The secret life of a Bengal tiger
The world’s largest tiger has been found in the jungles of West Bengal, according to officials and a study published on Thursday.
Scientists working on the tiger’s recovery say it has been living in a forest reserve for more than 30 years.
The tiger’s skin, fur and claws have been meticulously preserved.
The tiger, which is named Bali, was found in May in the Kolkata-based city of Banavari.
It has been named after the Hindu god of the hunt and protection of animals.
“The tiger’s skeleton was preserved and it was examined to find out its history and identity,” said Sanjay Kumar, the conservator of wildlife at the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).
He added that the tiger is the oldest living Bengal tiger in the world.
It is one of only two Bengal tigers in the wild.