I saw these 2 sub-adult tiger cubs playing with a plastic bucket / drum that was floating on the Ranganga in the heart of Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR). This was around 4pm on 30th Jan, 2020, near Sambhar road in the Dhikala zone. I handed over the images to the forest department.
According to an article published by the Times News Network (TNN), the park director mentioned, “A group of tourists have given us some pictures where a tigress and her two cubs can be seen chewing on the plastic container. We have ordered an inquiry into the incident and the investigation report will be with us soon.”
He added “CTR is a plastic-free zone. Even tourists are not allowed to carry plastic products here. Therefore, we are also investigating how the container came into the river. One of the possibilities is that it could have been dumped into the river by residents of one of the many villages along the river.”
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Plastic pollution is a significant threat to all forms of wildlife and habitats. Unregulated tourism and habitations around protected areas are the main sources of plastic entering these places. All our protected areas need a clear-cut action plan to deal with this menace.