An incredible fight between a furious tiger and an angry bear has been caught on camera.
The remarkable video, which was shot at the Tadoba National Park in the Indian state of Maharashtra on Wednesday, shows the adult tiger face off with the sloth bear.
At one point, the tiger pins the much smaller bear to the ground, clamping its jaws around the animal’s neck, SWNS reports.
The tiger appears to be gaining the upper hand until the bear flips the big cat and charges it, raising up onto its back legs. Eventually, the bear sees off the apex jungle predator.Citing Akshay Kumar, chief naturalist at Bamboo Forest Safari Lodge, NDTV reports that the tiger is 7-year-old Matkasur, a dominant male in the park. Matkasur had marked the body of water seen in the video as his territory, so he reacted aggressively to the arrival of the female sloth bear and her cub.
Desperate to protect her cub, the bear fights back. The cub, which cannot be seen in the video, ran away during the fight, according to NDTV.
The video of the unusual clash has gone viral.
The tiger and the bear both sustained injuries in the battle but apparently lived to fight another day.