The internet went crazy when Parveen Kaswan, an Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, shared images of the only golden tiger in India on his Twitter account. These images clicked by wildlife photographer Mayuresh Hendre has left the netizens enthralled. By Kumar Shree
The Kaziranga National Park in Assam, popularly known as the home of one-horned rhinos in India is once again in the news, only this time the muse is someone else. Wildlife photographer Mayuresh Hendre has recently managed to click images of the only golden tiger in India at Kaziranga. The images went viral as soon as IFS officer Parveen Kaswan shared them on his twitter handle. This golden tiger is also known as ‘Tabby tiger’ or ‘Strawberry tiger’.
“Do you know in #India we have a Golden #Tiger also. The only documentation of such a big cat in the 21st century on the planet. This is by Mayuresh Hendre. Look at this beauty,” Kaswan wrote in his tweet.
Kaswan also shared more details about the mighty beast in his Twitter thread. The rare morph of a Royal Bengal Tiger and its golden colour comes from a “recessive gene” that “gets expressed due to extensive inbreeding.” Kaswan also informed that the golden tiger is a female, and her photographs were captured last year in a camera trap of the forest department.
“A golden #tiger. Rare gold-coloured tiger by camera trap from #India. A very rare occurrence of a golden tiger in the #wild. Some say it is caused by a recessive gene that gets expressed due to extensive inbreeding. Looks different,” his tweet from the previous year reads…
At the time of writing this article (July 13, 2020), Kaswan’s tweet has already garnered 2.2k retweets and comments and 16.7k likes.