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The last tiger

He was orphaned as a cub, but managed to survive. For how much longer?

It is 5.30 on a late December afternoon in a hill-forest in Orissa, at about the spot on the map of India where, if the country were a revolver pointing south, you’d curl your finger above the trigger. The pale leaves on the tops of the tall trees are tipped with amber. Sitting well back from a river bank, among deckle-edged grass rising three feet above his head, is one of India’s last tigers to make it to the end of the millennium.

One out of how many? It is hard to count tigers because of where and how they…

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