In a frightening video, two bikers filmed themselves being chased by a tiger in Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary in Wayanad (Kerala)on June 30.
The video shared on Facebook by Forests and Wildlife Protection Society (FAWPS) shows a full-grown tiger emerging from the foliage to charge at the bikers inside the sanctuary. The bike immediately increases speed in order to maintain a good distance from the tiger, but the big cat keeps chasing them through the empty road for at least a few seconds before stalking off into the woods again.
As per reports the bikers were officials of the forest department and had received a tip-off regarding tiger sightings in the area. The officials, apparently on patrolling duty in the sanctuary, were absolutely unaware of what they were about to encounter.
However, this is not the first time that such an incident has occurred. In the last year, a video had gone viral on social media that showed a tiger chasing a tourist vehicle inside the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra. In the 19-second clip, a fully-grown tiger could be seen chasing a Maruti Gypsy which was carrying at least two passengers.
The Mathunga Sanctuary which holds the largest tiger population in the state covers a total area of 344.44 square kilometers and is home to a variety of wild animals such as the Indian Bison, Elephant, deer, and tiger.
The clip created a stir among the netizens. While many were terrified to see the tiger chasing the motorcycle, some users said it was a natural reaction as wild animals don’t always like visitors in their natural habitat. One user said “We have invaded their homes. When they enter our home, don't we choose to even kill them? That's what they are doing.” “This is how you just enter into someones home and disturb them?” wrote another.
While making light of the situation one user commented: “Oh ho just stop and pet the kitty. It just wants to show some love.”