In a major boost to efforts to revive tiger population, a translocated tigress has for the first time given birth to three cubs in Madhya Pradesh’s Panna reserve, where the big cats had disappeared.

The tigress, translocated from Bandhavgarh in the state to Panna in March last year after the reserve lost its tiger population, has given birth to three cubs, Panna Reserve Field Director R. S. Murthy told PTI today.

The cubs were believed to be 20 days old and were spotted by forest officials when the tigress was taking them out of her den. “The tigress and its three cubs are in fine condition,” he said.

It is for the first time that a translocated tigress has given birth in the country. Two tigresses and a tiger were translocated to Sariska in Rajasthan in 2008 after it lost its tiger population but the animals have not been able to breed till now. There were reports that the tigers brought from Ranthambhor could be siblings.

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