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An Amateur Indian Photographer Spots An Ultra Rare Black Tiger In Odisha.

An Amateur Indian Photographer Spots An Ultra Rare Black Tiger In Odisha.

A very few of us know that India is home to 70 percent of the world's tiger population and that the melanistic black tiger is rarely seen now. Found only in Odisha state, their numbers have drastically declined in recent years, according to a 2018 Tiger Census Report. 

An amateur photographer, Soumen Bajpayee, from India, has found an extremely rare black tiger in Odisha. Also known as melanistic tiger, the rare species is nearing extinction. According to the Wildlife Institute of India scientists, there are only seven to eight melanistic tigers left in the Indian state.

 

 

The rare animal got the name of 'melanistic tiger' because of a gene defect that causes their thick black stripes (with little space between them) to hide the orange fur. 
A very few of us know that India is home to 70 percent of the world's tiger population and that the melanistic black tiger is rarely seen now. Found only in Odisha state, their numbers have drastically declined in recent years, according to a 2018 Tiger Census Report. 
According to Dr. Bivash Pandav, a wildlife expert, and scientist at the Wildlife Institute of India, the black tigers are 'unique' in the world for their genetic constitution. It is believed they get their thick black stripes due to inbreeding. He told the Times of India that only seven to eight of these species can be found in India now.
 

 

The forest department in Odisha claims that the decline in the specie's population is not due to hunting but because of an increase in the human population. The higher levels of urbanization are shrinking the space for tigers to live and breed, according to NDTV.

 

 

 

 

 

Also Read: Activists In Guwahati Zoo Resist Feeding Beef To Tigers.

Images Credits: soumenbajpayeephotography

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