Saturday, 22 June 2019

Baby Animals

If you look into an animal baby's eyes, all you will see is this innocence, this overload of cuteness. Unaware of the dangers surrounding them, they are naturally curious, and playful, just like our kids. However, the survival rate among animal babies is pretty thin. Habitat loss, environmental changes due to climate change, poachers, lack of food and human-animal conflict is killing these babies rapidly.

In many national parks around the world, apex predators like tiger, cheeta, leopard, lion are named individually in order to identify them and track them and their bloodlines for conservation efforts. For many wildlife lovers, this also gives them a sense of closeness with these beautiful animals. In Indian national parks, some famous tigers are Machhli, Arrowhead (Machhli's daughter), Noor, Noorie (Noor's daughter), Kumbha, Maya, Matkasur, Madhuri, Munna, Jai, Veeru, Spotty, Solo and many more. But do you know these cute tiger cubs are not even named unless they are 1.5-2 yrs old!! Until they are 1.5-2 years old, their chances of survival is so low that even the park authorities, localites, researchers and wildlife lovers fear getting too attached to them too soon. Continuous habitat loss is reducing their survival chances every single day even more.

Can you imagine how the mother must be feeling? We can avoid naming them and not get too attached to them as we are bystanders. But can the mother do the same? Just because they are animals, don't they feel that same intense pain when they lose their kids? Or because they can't say it out loud, their loss is less painful? We love our babies, but this is what we are doing to millions of other babies around world.

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