It wasn’t just tigers, of course, at Nagarahole. One of the more charming moments was the Gaur Bull in love.
Gaur are Indian Bison, the largest species of wild cattle. They’re considered a vulnerable species, because of habitat loss and hunting. Nagarahole is one of the sanctuaries where they’re thriving.
So when we encountered this small herd of gaur, of course we stopped. There were calves asleep on one side of the dirt track, and this female gaur on the other, placidly flicking her tail. Then we heard lowing, and saw a bull emerging from a thicket.
He was clearly in love. He approached her, carefully, since he didn’t want to offend her.
But making his interest evident… coming closer…
… and closer…
Until her stood right behind her.
They stood there placidly; she chewed the cud and swished her tail some more, he tossed his head.
At that point it was getting late, so we had to leave. (All visitors are supposed to leave by sunset.)
But things looked promising. Perhaps there’ll be another little gaur calf in nine or so months.