National Geographic : 1984 Dec
gigantic shaggy head is raised high-he is his heavy body and ripple across the pond. watching us and trying to catch our scent. For an hour we sit in the shade of a tall The rest of his body is hidden by grass and saja tree watching this giant in fascination. the water in which he lies. He ignores us, yawning disdainfully. His Satisfied that we pose no threat, he lies worn yellow teeth tell us that he is old. The down again, panting heavily. Tigers in tip of his lower right canine is broken off. Kanha are not used to vehicles and usually After an especially wide yawn, groaning run when they see one. Encouraged by his with the effort, the tiger gets up and stretch disregard, we edge the open jeep closer, es, dripping water and mud. He is even larg Finally we come within 50 feet, close enough er than Langra, weighing around 550 to see that he has just eaten an enormous pounds. He walks directly toward us. In the meal. His stomach is grossly distended. He late sun he shares the saja tree's shade. No is panting so hard that waves emanate from more than 15 feet from our jeep he sits and With long-sought trust, Banserinurses her cubs within 50 feet of the authors, who had watched her movements since she gave birthin a cave five months earlier.