A dog saved his owner's life by forcing a tiger to retreat in Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh Saturday.
Pancham Gajba (22) and his brother were returning from a jungle near Paraspani village in the morning after attending nature's call when the incident took place, said Divisional Forest Officer T S Suliya. As he was breaking off a tree branch, a tiger jumped out from bushes and attacked him, Gajba told reporters. His brother was some distance away.
His dog, however, didn't scamper away but started barking ferociously.
"The tiger stood over me, on my hands, but before it could get at my throat, the dog started barking. I had a near-death experience," he added.
"The tiger then stepped back and for a while stood still. After my brother and villagers came to my rescue, alerted by the dog's barking, the tiger melted back into the jungle," he said.
Suliya said Gajba sustained deep wounds on his hands and head. He was given preliminary treatment at a hospital at Kurai. Suliya, Pench Tiger Reserve's veterinarian Dr Akilesh Mishra and other forest officers visited the spot and advised people to stay off the jungle, the official said.
Meanwhile, in the US, a Twitter user @JesseNeon posted that his dog, who is supposed to be a guard dog and bark at anything that enters his compound at night, keeps quiet and lets a bear access his trash because the bear bribes the dog with deer bones. This post went viral with tweeple amazed with this dog and bear story.
Shared on May 8, the post explains how miserably his dog fails at its night job. The post further reads, “This is the THIRD TIME he’s been gifted deer bones in exchange for being allowed access to my trash, AND HE KEEPS DOING IT.” The tweet, which captured the attention of netizens, has gained many likes and comments.
Earlier, taking a step to warn oncoming speedsters of the presence of street dogs, a Mangaluru resident Thousif Ahmad has been attaching reflective collars around the street dogs for the past one and a half months.
Speaking to ANI about the fruitfulness of his project, Ahmad said, "It has been 1.5 months that I have started this project and luckily not a single dog with a collar around its neck has been injured."
(With PTI Inputs)