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BY : CHAITANYA MODGILL
A tiger experience is as fascinating and heart throbbing as one would expect, but we never knew what we were about to see.
It was 15 February 2015, I along with a group was in Corbett National Park, all set for a Jeep Safari in the evening. The sky was full of clouds and it was drizzling, not much to keep away the animals in the Jungle, but to bring them out to hunt!
We entered the beautiful lush green forest, and the thing I love about them is the silence and peace.
Tigress was nowhere to be spotted and a lone spotted deer Male was in grassland making its away from us , after couple of minutes, the deer starts giving a call and walking his way back towards our gypsy which was stationed 20 m ahead of all 3 other gypsy cluster.
Everyone started searching across the not so tall grass, where towards the left was a tigress, crouching. And six people in our gypsy were stunned, no one said a word. It is said that if you see a tiger in the Jungle, you should remain silent and still.
Apparently, deer was walking towards the tigress on a wild chase unaware of predator’s location and just smell to his aid. “Charamma” tigress settled in stalking position, and her eyes marked her target. The deer saw the tigress, and she stood up a little, our hearts started racing. The deer then took its 5–7 Sec of time to spot the tiger and started galloping right towards our gypsy. The tigress anticipated deer’s movement and started its chase as well. Were we going to see the blood spill? Were we going to see this tigress hunt and taking away her prey?
The deer started running and the tigress behind her. Our Gypsy was in the middle of the scene, While the deer made its way through the thickets and uneven path, it leaped behind our gypsy to climb across uphill, tigress took her way ahead of our gypsy as a shorter path, witnessing deer’s second slip and fall while going uphill.. I was standing and staring at the deer right under me.
Within fractions of seconds the deer got up and ran into the jungle, and the tigress ran behind him from the front. We managed to click the pictures of the 25 second scenario, which kept us in a state of shock and our hearts racing for another 15 minutes.
Although the kill was unsuccessful, the tigress chose to go inside thickets and disappeared. The whole scenario was possible because of none other than Bobby Singh who stationed our gypsy such that we were in middle of prey and the predator and nature was at its best and no harm/ interruption came from our end during whole 25 seconds scenario.
This was truly an experience of a lifetime!
Photo Credits : Pratham Tyagi & Dakshesh Sharma
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