Thursday, January 31, 2008

New Births in Eravikulam National Park

The first birth of Nilgiri Tahr, has been reported on 29th from Eravikukam National Park,the stronghold of highly endangered Nilgiri Tahr. The births have been delayed this year due to vagaries of rainfall. Usually it occurs smack on 1st week of January.The rutting season coincides with the arrival of monsoon. This ensures birth in January- February before the onset of summer. This year things have been thrown out of kilter. Conservationists are worried about this.
The Tahr babies are called Kids. Hence the calving is referred to as kidding.

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