After row, tigresses named after minister get new tags

The two sub-adult tigresses named after Rajasthan Minister for Environment and Forests Bina Kak have got a new name. Following protests by wildlife activists and the BJP, 'Bina 1' and 'Bina 2' will be called 'ST9 B1' and 'ST10 B2'.

The tigresses were moved from Ranthambhore National Park Sariska Tiger Reserve last week, when their unique names had come to light. All other tigers in Sariska are named in the series ST followed by a number.

The new names incidentally retain the letter 'B'. A senior official said: "We have named them ST9 and ST10 now but since they already had a code, 'B1' and 'B2', these have just been affixed to their new names."

Sources said that after The Indian Express reported that the two tigresses had been named after the minister, the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests had expressed its disapproval. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot too had told Kak not to promote such practices.

With Assembly polls near, Gehlot is keen to prevent controversies involving his ministers.

The two tigresses were named Bina 1 and Bina 2 after Kak ensued they were taken care of after their mother died when they were cubs.

Kak, who had earlier insisted that giving tigers "affectionate names" elicited a warmer response from them, refused to speak to The Indian Express.

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