I've previously blogged about Noor and Sultan, Mother and Son but what about father? Ustad or T24 is a large male living with territory in zone 1 and zone 2 in Ranthambore national park. He is also Sultan's Dad. After our first encounter with Noor and Sultan we were just leaving the park when Ustad was walking down towards a watering hole looking magnificent in the late afternoon sun. He appeared to be limping, which confirmed a story told to us by some rangers earlier who had seen him walking on just 3 of his paws. When he reached the water he took a drink before splashing around with his injured paw as if to sooth the pain. Just as we had to leave he settled down in the water to cool off.
|Ustad (T24) taking a drink from the watering hole.|
|Ustad looking as though he was about to pounce onto his own reflection.|
|Taking a drink while holding his injured paw off the ground.|
|Portrait of a tiger drinking in the watering hole.|
|Making ripples in the watering hole like a baby in the bath!|
|Ustad settled down in the watering hole to cool off.|