Two Incredibly Rare Black Tigers Spotted On Camera Together…

Two extremely rare “black” tigers were caught walking around the Nandankanan National Park in eastern India.

Experts have recently indicated there may only be seven to eight of the magnificent creatures left in the area, and they have only ever been observed in this location.

Due to a genetic abnormality known as pseudo-melanism, which causes their dark stripe pattern to merge together on light orange-golden fur, black tigers often have pelts that are fully dark.

The unique animals, all male, were within 30 feet of amateur photographer Satya Swagat, 23, a business student from New Delhi.

“I got goose-bumps when I first saw the melanistic tiger.

It was hard for me to believe my eyes and for a minute I forgot to pick up my camera as the big cat moved right in front of my eyes.”

“I was taken aback by the beauty of the rare tiger.

I kept my calm and the tiger obliged me with better sightings and better shots.”

“Not many have seen them in the forest and not many people have been able to get that close to the rare cats.”
“I got the opportunity to photograph one tiger in 2020 but couldn’t manage any decent shots.”

Researchers studying the endangered animals in the Similipal reserve suggested that the exclusivity in the genetic mutation results from the tigers’ inbreeding and their minimal if any, interactions with other species outside the eastern Indian state.

Amateur photographer Satya Swagat, 23, a business student from New Delhi, was only 30ft away as he took pictures of the rare animals - all males - last November and said he got 'goose bumps' at first sight of them

Photographer Satya Swagat said of the creatures: 'I got the opportunity to photograph one tiger in 2020 but couldn't manage any decent shots. However, last November was different when I was able to capture not one but two different individuals'

Research into creature found a possibility that black tigers exclusive genetic mutation comes from the fact that they are inbred and isolated to the Odisha area

The roaming creatures, just 30ft away from an amateur photographer, were pictured last November. A genetic mutation makes black tigers appear as if their black fur is more fused together rather than striped

The photographer was stunned to see the wild cats, and said: 'It was hard for me to believe my eyes and for a minute I forgot to pick up my camera as the big cat moved right in front of my eyes'

Such tigers, whose genetic mutation often makes their pelt look completely black, were rare even when the population of wild cats were plentiful in the country centuries ago

Speaking of his lucky shots, the photographer said: 'Not many have seen them in the forest and not many people have been able to get that close to the rare cats'

Researchers have suggested the exclusivity in the genetic mutation comes from the fact that the tigers are inbred and rarely, if at all, interacted with other species outside the eastern Indian state

Experts have in the past couple of years claimed there were as few as seven to eight of them left in the eastern state of Odisha in India

The photographers pictured the pair of tigers strolling around just 30ft away from him as he snapped the pics, saying he had 'goose bumps'

Sightings of black tigers have been pictured only in Similipal in Odisha since 2007, but they have been observed there from 1993

According to Indian Express,

Black tigers get their distinctive appearance due genetic mutations called pseudo-melanism where their dark stripe pattern fuses together on light orange-golden fur giving a dark black look

“The researchers combined genetic analyses of other tiger populations from India and data from computer simulations to show that the Similipal black tigers may have arisen from a very small founding population of tigers and are inbred.”

Extremely rare 'black' tigers have been captured strolling around the Nandankanan National Park in eastern India. The stunning creatures have only been seen in the Odisha state

Only in Similipal, Odisha, have black tigers been seen since 2007, though they had been spotted there since 1993.

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