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T-24 (Ustad)- Ranthambore Tiger

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Ustad, the fearless tiger who won hearts with his flamboyance & fearlessness.
Tiger CodeT-24
First Seen2005
GenderMale
Identification Sign

 

 
Age15 years
ZoneZone 1, Zone 2, Zone 6
StatusLive In Zoo Sajjangarh

 

Born in 2005 to the tiger named T20 (Jhumroo), and tigress T22 (Gayatri), T-24 (Ustad) is a mighty and attractive male tiger who ruled the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve for 9 years. He lived a happy life with his partner T-39 (Noor), and thundered about in his zone without any major competition from other male tigers, except few minor tiffs with his sibling T25 (Zaalim). Once a rising star of the Ranthambore Reserve, T24 was named as ‘Ustad’ by the locals owing to his free spirit. He was always a bit different from other tigers and would drag his prey to highway to eat it in full public view. He would also not move away from the path seeing humans approaching as other normal tigers do. Despite all his unconventional behaviour, he was the major draw at Ranthambore National Park and was loved by wildlife lovers & photographers.

What brought Ustad into the limelight?

Majestic and intrepid, Ustad came into the limelight when he killed a veteran forest guard, Rampal Saini, on the doomed day of May 8, 2015. A very brave forest guard, Rampal lived fearlessly amidst tigers, but, seeing the menacing ways and changing the behavior of T24 over the past few years, even he felt nervous and scared sometimes, claimed his family.

On May 8, sighting Ustad at a water body near the 4 km Ranthambore Fort road that is frequented by many devotees visiting the Ganesha Temple inside the reserve premises, when Rampal went to look for him, he was mauled to death by the ferocious tiger.

This was not the first reported attack of Ustad; he had earlier also been charged with killing two villagers in July 2010 and March 2012 respectively, and another forest guard in October 2012.

Tigers are usually shy of humans and avoid confrontation with them unless harmed but, the case of T24 was a bit different. As per the villagers residing in the vicinity of the Tiger Reserve, Ustad had grown violent and aggressive over the past few years.

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