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Leopards and tigers are the two big cats that share their territory in Tadoba. During the safaris most of the times, we encounter leopards at places where there would be no tigers at that moment. Very rarely the confrontation of these two big cats happen and the leopards tend to escape swiftly, either by running away or by climbing the trees.
An interesting and a rare documentation happened today. A leopard was sighted for almost an hour this morning, he was calm and did not bother being around the vehicles. He went past the vehicles and finally came to a nearby waterhole called ‘Yen Body’. He quenched the thirst and left leaving all of us spellbound.
During the afternoon safari, all the vehicles were passing the same area and were suddenly stopped by an alarm call of a Sambar deer. The vehicles waited and expected the leopard (thinking it might have made a kill or resting around) in the same area. To our surprise it was tiger who came out of the thickets and advanced to the water to quench his thirst.
The leopard and tigers are aggressive towards each other, but because of the size, the leopards would not dare to fight the tigers. Some incidents like these add on to a surprising experience of how these two beautiful big cats share their territories with each other.
Image Credit: @sandesh.guru (Naturalist, Team BFSL)
We at The Bamboo Forest Safari Lodge, have loved sharing this story with you, and shall bring you regularly as part of our Responsible Tourism Initiatives to raise awareness about the nature and culture of the environments we operate in.
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