Saturday, July 3, 2010

Tiger Attack Leads to a Mob Frenzy

Bengal tiger

In Maharashtra's Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve, an ailing tigress attacked and seriously injured a villager which led to a mob of angry villagers beat up two forest officers. This was an extremely dangerous situation, as the animal was old and frail which also indicates that it could be a man-eater. Even more horrifying was that the victim attempted to drive the animal away when he saw it. Looks can be deceiving, huh?

This was not the only incident where villagers living in rural India suddenly turn towards forest officials in anger. Few weeks ago, villagers held protests towards forest officials in Orissa's Bhitarkanika National Park after a saltwater crocodile took a woman's life. The reason for that was because all the villagers living in the area had suffered heartbreaking losses of their own people to the gigantic reptiles in these past few months. This issue, along with the one involving a tigress gives an idea how a community feels when a wild creature either seriously injures or even kills its own member. In the case of Tadoba's and Bhitarkanika's villagers, it seemed like revenge. I can only hope and pray that some alternative solutions would be put into action, and it can be more than just monitoring the perpetrators responsible for such gruesome deeds. Hopefully, the forest department in both the places may find some way(s) to keep the villagers safe from the predators.

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