Bikers are used to dogs chasing them and knowing that if they stop, the dog will go away. However, that definitely won't be the case with a tiger.
This spine-chilling video posted by the Forests and Wildlife Protection Society on Facebook is going viral on the internet.
In the video, two people are seen riding a bike inside Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary in Wayanad in Kerala when they notice a tiger chasing them. The big cat chases them for a few seconds before running off into the jungle.
According to a reports, the two people riding the bike were Forest Department officials and were patrolling the area after they were informed about a tiger sighting.
However, an environmental journalist and author of The Vanishing: India’s Wildlife Crisis, Prerna Singh Bindra pointed out that the chase was barely a 'mock charge'. Animals resort to doing so when they feel their territory is under threat but they don't mean actual harm.
This. An hour before I passed on this road, the #tiger did. It's not an attack. It's a mock charge on a #highway that cuts through a #wildlife #sanctuary. B aware of #wildlife ,follow rules when passing through #wild habitats.dont panic, give the animal space to avoid conflict pic.twitter.com/EResYjZc5M— prerna singh bindra (@prernabindra) June 30, 2019
While the video raised a lot of concerns by the people, some couldn't help themselves to crack a joke or two.
Rider must have shat in his pants, having the world most ferocious solitary hunter chase you, can't imagine the skills required to still maintain the control of the vehicle https://t.co/rTRxhwi8uy— Kunal Rajeev Dalvi (@KRDalvi) July 1, 2019
This tiger really saw 2 man on a bike and said “I need that”.— Esteban Thiago (@ThogoThaKid) June 30, 2019
I’d just die to be fair.
Mock charge or not i'd still shit myself lol— Mcc (@mcclenp) June 30, 2019
Humans are disturbing Wildlife..— Vande India (@IndiaVande) June 30, 2019
Proper measures should be taken while travelling through a wildlife sanctuary.