BENGAL tiger takes on one of the world’s deadliest bears in a ferocious battle caught on camera
A “once in a lifetime” encounter between an enormous Bengal tiger and India’s deadliest bear, the sloth bear was filmed by tour guide Arpik Parekh, 34, just 1,000 yards from his vehicle in the Todoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in India.
A 30 minute terrifying battle ensued where both animals were visibly injured, but in the end walked away from each other.
“The tiger was enjoying his afternoon siesta when he suddenly charged ferociously into the nearby thicket,” Arpit said.
“We heard screeching and soon realised the tiger had got into a fight with a sloth bear. They eventually moved out into the open.
“The tiger was able to sink his teeth into the bear and we thought the bear would die but the tiger soon became exhausted and let go.
“It was a once in a lifetime moment to witness and it goes to show how difficult life in the forest can be,” he said.
“Look what both animals had to do to get to the water; they had to face life and death challenges. It really emphasises what a precious resource water is.”
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