Days after photos of 'Bagheera' the black panther from Kabani in Karnataka went viral, a very rare and equally beautiful Golden tiger has been spotted in Kaziranga National Park in Assam. The tigress has been photographed by Mayuresh Hendre who works as a Naturalist and Destination Manager with luxury cruise ship MV Mahabahu. It is the only golden tiger currently known to be alive in India.
Photos of the tiger also known as ‘Tabby tiger’ or ‘Strawberry tiger’ were shared on Twitter by IFS Officer Parveen Kaswan. He wrote, "Do you know in #India we have a Golden #Tiger also. Only documentation of such big cat in 21st century on planet...Look at this beauty," Kaswan wrote, adding that that image had been clicked by wildlife photographer Mayuresh Hendre.
He further said that the animal is very rare and the golden colour is due to a “recessive gene”, which gets expressed due to extensive inbreeding. Unlike the Royal Bengal tiger, it has red and brown stripes and has a pale golden colour.
And ever since, the picture of the golden tiger has gone viral on social media, leaving netizens awestruck.