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Paul and I have driven around national parks in southern India extensively, eagerly searching for a tiger spotting. Two years in a row we didn't see any. We saw elephants, guars, deer, dholes and other species but not a tiger. The third year we stayed at the forest guesthouse and started driving on the roads at night. Usually we would see many many eyeshines in the radius of our cars headlights but they would all turn out to be lazily standing or resting chital deers with their gorgeous white spots. One night we saw an eyeshine and Paul said to me, "OK so there is another deer ahead, do a test shot on it to get your camera settings ready in case we finally see a tiger or leopard." So I rolled down my window and Paul rolled his window down and i got ready for Paul to pull up in front of the deer to shine his headlamp towards it. When he did shine his headlamp on it, both of us were stunned! None of us said a word for what felt like minutes because there it was, sitting right in front of my passenger side window looking completely dumbfounded and adorable, the cutest TIGER CUB!! And he stayed there for a long time without moving. When I finally came out of my trance and took a shot, I thought, if the baby is sitting here in front of us, where is the mother? At exactly the same moment I heard Paul slowly rolling up his window for he had thought the same question at that exact moment. We sat there for a while and slowly the cub walked behind the car, crossed the road and disappeared. The best sighting that I will never forget, I could have sat there all night looking at his young face with beautiful big ears and big eyes but he clearly got bored of looking at us in our strange moving vehicle with bright lights.
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