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India; tiger; medicinal; trade; China; poaching; endangered; extinct; corruption
In a flash the news was all over the jungle: A tiger was afoot.
The langur monkeys spotted it from their treetop sentry posts, and their coughing, guttural alarm was relayed on the ground by the large, elk-like deer called sambars. Their tiger warning - a throaty bleating - was in turn passed on by the yelp of the spotted deer known as chitals.
Throughout the forest creatures froze in place, eyes widened, ears perked, nostrils flared. In our open jeep, chatter stopped and binoculars and long-lens cameras rose into place.
At first, nothing. Then, just barely visible, a great, muscular wraith creeping through the tangled undergrowth. Its stripes rendered it nearly undetectable; it made no sound.
"If you can hear it walking," whispered our guide and spotter, Jagat Narayan, "it's not a tiger."
We stood motionless, holding our breath, fingers poised on shutters, collectively willing it to step into the open. And then, to the dismay of those of us in the jeep and the...