Manmohan drums up support to save tigers |
AFP, New Delhi
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday promised to save endangered Royal Bengal tigers in India after he sighted one for the first time in his life in a national park under threat from poachers.
Singh, accompanied by his wife Gursharan Kaur, ended a two-day tour of the 390 square-kilometre (150 square-mile) Ranthambore game park by seeing a tiger from a few feet away on a trip planned to drum up support to save the endangered animal.
Singh, 72, sighted the full-grown tigress from a distance of five feet (1.3 metres) 20 minutes into his drive through the park in the northern desert state of Rajasthan.
"I was lucky to spot a tigress called Lady of the Lake," Singh told reporters in a televised press conference.