A video of a female sloth bear fighting a tiger is going viral after it was filmed in India’s Maharashtra’s Tadoba National Park during an afternoon safari. The two animals begun fighting when the sloth bear was approaching a body of water with her young cub in search of water.
As soon as the tiger saw the bear heading towards the water, he attacked, and the mother bear had to defend her baby. Akshay Kumar, the chief naturalist at Bamboo Forest Safari Lodge, said the violent fight went on for 15 minutes.
Both animals were injured by the encounter. The young cub ran away during the fight. The fight only ended when the bear backed the tiger into the water.
The sloth bear was lucky. In the video it’s clear she was exhausted by the encounter, but was likely saved by her thick hair, which made it difficult for the tiger to get a grip.
Watch the intense encounter below.