If you own a cat (or rather, if you are lucky enough to be owned by a cat), then you know the perils of dangling ‘something’ in front of it.
But for some tourists who were enjoying a safari in Raipur, India, they found out first hand for themselves how the bigger cousins of our domestic four-legged friends have just as much passion for ‘dangly things’ as their smaller, more domesticated relatives.
When a tiger grabbed onto a piece of material that was being dragged behind a safari vehicle, then one of the tourists on board did exactly what most tourists would do; they pulled out a camera and started recording!
The tiger looked up at the passengers on the jeep in a longing and hungry way, before grabbing hold of the cloth and pulling it. Hard.
As big as the jeep might have been, being in a situation where you have a struggle with a tiger is probably a situation that you want to avoid when on a safari.
But these tourists did not seem particularly phased by the whole encounter as the jeep starts to drive off with the tiger still firmly attached to it.
The passenger’s glee quickly turns to nervous laughter as the majestic and beautiful tiger keeps apace with the jeep.
Although the encounter ended without any mishaps, the staff who were in charge of the tour were fired.
According to Jam Press, the Chhattisgarh Forest Department, which organizes and supervises tours in the region, said that the tour guides should have ‘de-escalated’ the situation.
I’m not quite sure how you ‘de-escalate’ a situation like this? Perhaps not letting the material dangle from the back of the jeep in the first place would have been a good start>
Towing a rag behind your vehicle as you take some tourists on a ‘big cat’ trip is never going to end well.