THAT is a cat fight! Angry tigress attacks and kills a leopard before dragging his rival’s body away in India
- 310-pound tigress spotted attacking a 110-pound leopard in a wildlife sanctuary near Jaipur, northern India
- Huntress jumped 3 meters into a tree to grab the leopard hiding in the branches before breaking its neck
- She then dragged the body down a road, but the body was later found uneaten by park rangerswacht
- Tigers are not known to hunt leopards for food, but they will sometimes kill other predators if they feel threatened
- WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT
This is the extraordinary moment when a tigress attacked and killed a leopard in India in what is believed to have been a rare territorial dispute.
The gruesome scene was captured at the Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan, near Jaipur in northern India, by entrepreneurs Yashvardhan Singh Shekhawat, 24, and his cousin Abhimanyu Singh Rajvi, 30.
The pair said the tigress jumped about 3 meters into a tree to grab a leopard hiding in the branches, before dragging him to the ground and breaking his neck.
Shekhawat and his cousin then broke the hunter crossing the road with her prey. Initially, the couple thought the tiger was hunting, but park rangers later found the leopard’s body uneaten.
Tigers are sometimes known to kill other predators, such as leopards and crocodiles, if they feel threatened.
A female tiger was caught on camera attacking and killing a leopard in India – breaking her rival’s neck in a fight before dragging her down a road (pictured)
The brawl took place at the Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan, with witness Yashvardhan Singh Shekhawat saying the tiger jumped 3 meters high into a tree to drag its rival to the ground
Yashvardhan said: ‘We woke up around 5:30 am and went into the jungle at the Sariska Tiger Reserve.
“We knew there was a predator nearby because other animals like monkeys, peacocks and deer all made noises to warn each other of the threat.
“We drove slowly, trying to track the predator and figure out where the sounds were coming from.
‘To our right was a small hill. Suddenly we heard a roar from behind us and we saw the tigress trying to climb a tree. We also saw a leopard on top of another tree close by.
“The tigress jumped two to three meters onto the tree and grabbed the leopard. There was a brief brawl that lasted only a few seconds in the forest in which the tiger won.
“Then she dragged the dead leopard right in front of us down the road. Later in the evening, the rangers found the dead leopard, but it was not eaten.
“It makes no sense for a leopard to fight a tiger, and tigers don’t usually deal with leopards.
‘I have come across many tigers over the years. I’ve seen tigers fight and tigers mate, but I’d never seen anything like it.
“Very few people in the natural world ever get the chance to see something like this. It was out of this world. There are no words to explain how wonderful the experience was.
“I don’t think anyone else would have believed what we saw if we hadn’t caught it on film.”
After the leopard fell from the tree, a fight broke out between the two cats, which ended when the tiger – about three times the size of the leopard – broke its neck.
Tigers are not known to hunt leopards for food, and rangers say they later found the cat’s body uneaten. However, tigers are known to kill other predators when they feel threatened