May 16, 2007

Tiger Tiger Burning Bright....

I just saw the most AMAZING YouTube clip.... which i have linked to below.
Definitely on of the best clips i have ever seen online!!!


It shows an actual attack by a tigress....on a mahout, sitting atop an elephant.


The incident happened in Kaziranga National Park, Assam.

A large adult tigress, suspected to be the mother of the two cubs rescued from a village adjoining Kaziranga, severely mauled the mahout of an Assam Forest Department elephant...named Joymala.

The 25-year-old mahout, who was badly lacerated, lost three fingers on his left hand. Doctors are worried about the onset of gangrene and may have to amputate his left palm.
"...As the elephant moved towards the tigress, it did a mock charge. The guard fired two blanks to discourage her and she ran away into the next field, where the paddy was thick and hid there..."
The team cautiously moved towards it and was within 20 feet where she was growling away. The forest-ranger could see her clearly and took a shot at it with the dart gun.
The dart missed her and this enraged her so much that she charged..... and took a “flying” leap on to the elephant’s head.


Vivek Menon, executive director of the WTI (Wildlife Trust of India), who recently saw the footage, said,
"...I could never imagine that a tiger could so effortlessly leap from the ground on to an adult elephant’s head, which is at least 12 feet above the ground...
...The footage showed that the mahout saw the tigress leaping and threw the metal ankush at it to defend himself. The tigress saw the ankush coming, dodged it in mid-leap and took a swipe at Pegu without actually landing on the elephant, which had stepped back..."


What now happened was even more amazing!!!

As the tigress landed on the ground Joymala (the working elephant) quickly pinned the tigress down with her left fore foot and tried to control it with its trunk. The tigress struggled under this weight for at least half a minute roaring, as other people in the vicinity shouted and fired shots in the air.
"If it had not been for Joymala, both Bodo and the guard would have been badly injured...or dead"
The tigress finally struggled loose and ran away. Meanwhile, Joymala, which was trying to aggressively chase the tigress, was calmed by the veterinarian.


A Nepali villager, victim of a tiger-attack
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And here is the polar opposite...men walking amongst tigers.
The Tiger Monk
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Links:
A detailed article about the video: Here
The amazing Tiger Temple:  Here & Here.
An intresting story of a Aussie-soldier in the Malaysian jungles, during WW-II, who survived an attack by a man-eater: Here


P.S: The article brings to mind the English poet Blake's famous lines...
"Tiger, Tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?"

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