The incident came to light on Tuesday at 3:30 pm when a group of tribals came from a nearby hamlet to see Joseph.
The cub was found in the Mangala Devi forest region by the forest personnel on November 21, 2020. The 60-day-old female tiger cub was named Mangala.
The Kerala Forest Department takes stock of the sandalwood trees in Marayur every three years. The last census was conducted in 2019. There were 59,784 trees by the last count.
The second alert would be issued when the water level reaches 138 ft. The first alert is given ahead of the opening of the spillway shutters of the dam at 140 ft and the second alert is given at 141 ft.
According to the IMD, rainfall is likely to taper off by Wednesday.
According to the Met department forecast, moderate to heavy rainfall is expected in Kasaragod, Kannur, Ernakulam, Idukki, Kottayam and Alappuzha districts.
Idukki residents here are wary of too much rain. Memories of what happened at Pettimudi in Munnar are still very raw in many people's minds.
The investigators are familiar with the ways of the smugglers after years of tracing them.
The exploitation of the indigenous tribe by ruthless smugglers prompted the Forest Department to have a rethink of their strategies to counter smuggling.
The scenic fragrant sandalwood forest of Marayur sits on a network of deceit, betrayal and violence.