This was the thrilling encounter between a mother sloth bear and a male tiger in an Iɴᴅɪᴀn wildlife sanctuary. The exciting film starts with the tiger chasing off a sloth bear that was moving toward a watering hole with her youngster.
The large cat then charges the protecting mother bear, and a ferocious ғɪɢʜᴛ unfolds while the distressed cub roars. The bear even makes an attempt to escape the tiger’s grasp at one point before the tiger even pins it down. By this point, the cub had fled.
The video then goes on to a tense minute during which both of the powerful creatures charge at one another to establish dominance.
A naturalist at an ecotourism lodge in Maharashtra’s Tadoba National Park, in the centre of Iɴᴅɪᴀ, captured the footage. Amazingly, Akshay Kumar, who was able to capture the horrifying struggle on camera, claimed to have recognized Matkasur, a 7-year-old domineering male. Kumar said that Matkasur had designated the watering hole as his territory.
According to Kumar, who also noted that the sloth bear is not known for being territorial, the bear’s response and ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ were the result of “motherly instinct”.
The tiger ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋed the mother bear for over 5 minutes. It pursued the sloth bear, but she continued to charge in order to defend her youngster, he said. It was a fierce struggle.
The violent encounter resulted in injuries for both animals. The mother bear’s thick black fur, according to the naturalist, had prevented a worse outcome.
Let’s watch this fierce ғɪɢʜᴛ in the video below:
Source: Nat Geo WILD