Nagpur: One of the two cubs of tigress T1 alias Avni, who was shot dead last month, was captured on Saturday, a senior Maharashtra forest officer said.

A joint team of officials from Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh forest departments managed to tranquilise and capture the female cub in Anji forest in Yavatmal district in east Maharashtra.

"The one-year-old female cub was tranquilised and caught at compartment no 665 in the Anji forest in Ralegaon at around 4 pm", said Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Wildlife East, Nagpur, Sunil Limye.

A team of around 100 people, including six veterinary officers from Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, have been tracking the cub since November 2 when T1, which was responsible for deaths of some people in the region, was shot dead by a sharp shooter who was part of a team of Forest officials.

"The cub will now be sent to Pench and will be kept in an enclosure which is almost like an open forest. The cub is physically fit. A committee will be formed to decide about its release in wild", Limye said. 

Earlier, two weeks after the killing of Avni, her cubs were spotted alive and in healthy condition. The cubs were said to be spotted in Yavatmal's, Vihirgaon area, where one cub was seen in a camera trap set up by the forest department.

Meanwhile, a tiger cub was found dead in the Kanha Tiger Reserve (KTR) in Madhya Pradesh, an official said.

The cub, which was just over a year old, was found dead by a patrolling party of the forest department in the beat No 22 near Chattarpakhna village last evening, said Sandeep Agrawal, wildlife veterinarian, KTR.

KTR director L Krishnamurthy and deputy director Anjana Suchita Tirki visited the spot after getting information about the striped animal's death.

"The exact cause of the cub's death will be known only after forensic examination of its body parts," Agrawal said.