A viral video from a national park in Maharashtra, India, shows an adult tiger and a bear fighting it off. The video was captured during a safari on Wednesday at the Tadoba National Park.
Who came out as victorious might surprise you.
Akshay Kumar, the chief naturalist at Bamboo Forest Safari Lodge, was leading the safari when the tourists with him noticed the scene. Kumar immediately began filming the enthralling encounter between the two fearsome animals. He even recognized the tiger as being the 7-year-old dominant male of the area, named as Matkasur by the park officials. The water body where the tiger vs. bear face-off took place is called Jamun Bodi, NDTV reports.
According to Kumar, the fight initiated when the mother sloth bear came to the water body with her young cub, where the tiger had been cooling off. The video begins with the tiger chasing the bear away. Although sloth bears are not known to be territorial and are known to avoid confrontations, in this particular case, the mama bear's maternal instinct takes over, and she begins fighting back. A vicious battle ensues, with the tiger initially trying to pin the bear down and the bear trying to escape its grips. As the fight progresses, both animals do damage to one another. Meanwhile, the distressed cub roars from a distance and runs away as it witnesses the violent scene unfold.