‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’

Chorbehra male cub in Jamunia, Bandhavgarh © Santosh Saligram

The Chorbehra male cub smells a tree on the heels of his sister’s departure from the same spot a few seconds before. One hopes that despite their mother’s crippling injury and eventual demise, they’ve learned life’s lessons during their teen months and can pull themselves through this extremely critical period when they must face numerous dangers and insecurities but also exciting possibilities. With the thick smog of risk they will also find the fresh fragrance of freedom and if in this spirit they tackle life and its challenges head on, the great tigress’ great pains and sacrifices will not go wasted by the wayside and her precious legacy will live on to enrich everybody she touched with her flawless beauty of the body and soul.



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