A stunning picture that shows a tigress walking through the forest with her five cubs has been posted to Twitter.
The remarkable photograph was tweeted by Parveen Kaswan, who works for the Indian Forest Service. Not only this, he cares deeply about the environment and is also a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Kaswan captioned the stunning picture: "This is [a] magical picture. Count the cubs with [the] tigress. I know for a reason how few people will be elated after seeing this. Efforts are helping in making this species bounce back from [the] verge of extinction. PC Siddharth Singh. Magical Terai."
This picture is remarkable for more than one reason, however, as a litter of five is unusually large by anyone's standards. Tigers typically have litters of three or four cubs, as per Tigers.org.
The tiger population has made a remarkable recovery between 2014 and 2019, as per the BBC, with numbers rising from 2,226 to 2,967. That equates to around a third more tigers.These motorcyclists narrowly escaped death after a tiger emerged from the woods:
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in 2019 that the country is "now one of the biggest and most secure habitats of the tiger", with estimates at the time suggesting that it is home to 90% of the world's tiger population.
Bounty hunting between 1875 and 1925 slashed the size of the tiger population by 80,000.
Needless to say, Twitter users were impressed by the picture.
One Twitter user wrote: "I hope they all live till their old age.. i [sic] hope the forest stands strong for them. I hope the human race gives the Earth a chance. Thank you for this post, makes me realise to work for them is far more satisfying than anything else."
A second remarked: "Hats [off] to the people guarding the species. Really their effort should be appreciated."
Meanwhile, a third offered more information about the context of the photograph's environment: "Terai is one of the most ecological productive ecosystems of the globe. It bounces back very soon in case given due protection and slightly intervened with habitat inputs. Results have been extremely encouraging in Katerniaghat, Pilibhit and Dudhwa as I could see."
With any luck, this picture will be one of many snapped over the coming years.