Bengal Tiger

A 9 year old male Bengal Tiger Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India. My first experience up close and personal with a wild tiger! ? After hearing him feasting on a kill in the morning, we returned to the jungle in the afternoon in the hope he would emerge to drink from a nearby pool. Others clearly had the same plan and at first there were several jeeps waiting, but after an hour or so with no activity the other jeeps gradually gave up until we were the only ones remaining. After a while some lucky stragglers arrived and no sooner had they got into position, we heard a rustle in the vegetation. This was it! Gradually a huge stripy head appeared though the tall grass and after a quick check around he headed to the pool and began to drink. After a good roll in the grass he turned and headed right towards our jeep! Tiger attacks are actually very rare but when faced with a fully grown male tiger just feet away, the adrenaline really kicks in! However he wasn't interested in us at all and strolled across the road right in front of the other jeep (which sadly blocked my view of the crossing!) and melted back into the jungle. An incredible experience!

Published: 26th February 2020 at 4:30 am. Posted in .

A 9 year old male Bengal Tiger Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India. My first experience up close and personal with a wild tiger! ?

After hearing him feasting on a kill in the morning, we returned to the jungle in the afternoon in the hope he would emerge to drink from a nearby pool.

Others clearly had the same plan and at first there were several jeeps waiting, but after an hour or so with no activity the other jeeps gradually gave up until we were the only ones remaining.

After a while some lucky stragglers arrived and no sooner had they got into position, we heard a rustle in the vegetation. This was it! Gradually a huge stripy head appeared though the tall grass and after a quick check around he headed to the pool and began to drink. After a good roll in the grass he turned and headed right towards our jeep! Tiger attacks are actually very rare but when faced with a fully grown male tiger just feet away, the adrenaline really kicks in! However he wasn’t interested in us at all and strolled across the road right in front of the other jeep (which sadly blocked my view of the crossing!) and melted back into the jungle. An incredible experience!