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Posted Sat Jul 4 2009: from Times Online (UK):
Bengal tiger breeding plan at Sariska in doubt over fears that new mates are siblings
When Indian wildlife authorities took three Bengal tigers by helicopter to an empty reserve in Rajasthan last year it was hailed as a groundbreaking experiment to revive the country's flagging tiger population. Now, some experts fear that the male and two females relocated to the Sariska reserve could all be siblings -- reducing their chances of a successful long-term breeding programme. The Wildlife Institute of India (WII), which is in charge of the project, began testing DNA samples from the three tigers yesterday to decide if they need to introduce others from different parts of the country. It already had blood samples from the two females but had not taken a sample from the male until it was briefly captured on Monday to have its broken radio collar replaced. "We're to blame -- we should have done this earlier but everything was done in a hurry," K. Sankar, a WII tiger expert who is overseeing the project, told The Times. "Now we have the samples, the analysis is under way and after that we will be able to say for sure. We're keeping our fingers crossed." Results are expected this weekend, when the Indian Environment Minister is due to visit Sariska.
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