This is the hair-raising moment a female sloth bear chased away a dominant tiger after a vicious faceoff.
The fight started after the tiger attacked the bear, which was accompanied by its baby cub, while the pair approached a watering hole in search of a drink.
The action took place at the Tadoba National Park in Maharashtra, India this past Wednesday and was captured by Akshay Kumar, chief naturalist at the park.
The tiger, called Matkasur, is believed to have been trying to protect its territory, while the bear‘s maternal instincts kicked in an attempt to protect her cub.
“The only thing that saves the bear is the hair on the body, because [the] tiger doesn’t get a grip.”
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