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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 351--352

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The 'different strokes' of a tiger's behaviour are depicted in a series of photographs by Dr. Keki Turel, Senior Consultant Neurosurgeon and former Head of the Department of Neurosurgery, Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences, Mumbai.

The cover page shows the photograph of a tigress caressing her young cub in the Tadoba National Park, Chandrapur district, Maharashtra, India. This photograph was taken in June 2017. This tender and loving scene is a sharp contrast to the following 8 sequential photographs taken in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan, on December 17, 2018 [Figure 1], [Figure 2], [Figure 3], [Figure 4], [Figure 5], [Figure 6], [Figure 7], [Figure 8]. A fully-grown male tiger eyes a prey with his intent gaze, waiting patiently while formulating a strategy to secure an easy meal. He is distracted by the movement of the target prey, a spotted mother deer (Cheetal) and her young one, and turns his head intently to follow the young deer. He then steadily moves forwards towards his prey. As the spotted mother deer with her young one walk through the jungle, they are well-aware of its perils. They cautiously look around as they move forward, and for once, the young one looks directly into my camera. We had already driven past them, but less than half-an-hour later, we heard the wailing of the mother deer. Sensing an alarming situation, we turned our jeep towards the direction of the wail and found the tiger giving a hot chase to the baby fleeing away from him. It grabbed the baby from the rump. Realising that he could easily hunt down the baby, he freed it from his hold, allowing it to run, and again gave a chase, as if testing his own hunting skills. The tiger employed the well-known hunting technique of toppling the prey by hitting on its hind legs with his paws, making it tumble. The powerful jaws of death finally capture the baby by its neck and dragged the hapless creature deep into the woods. A spectacular scene of mixed feelings: the rare opportunity to see a live hunt by a tiger and the sad and pitiable end of this young life. The laws of ecology at play…the balancing act of nature…the contrasting fates of the mother and child in the photograph on the cover page, and the ones on this page … or a cameraman's delight?{Figure 1}{Figure 2}{Figure 3}{Figure 4}{Figure 5}{Figure 6}{Figure 7}{Figure 8}

These photographs have been taken by Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, focal length varying from 150 to 347, F number 5.6, and exposure time varying from 1/250 to 1/300.

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Left inset: Contributed by

Bhatoe HS. The neurovascular syndromes. A review of pathophysiology. Lessons learnt from Prof. Chandy's paper published in 1989. Neurol India 2019:67:377-88.

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Right inset: Contributed by

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