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Tiger Vs Sloth bear battle for life in Ranthambore

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All this while Ustaad, the male tiger, was watching his team lose. I think this was too much for the king of the jungle’s ego and he decided to get involved. A dominant male tiger is one powerful animal, but little did he know that his opponent was a very brave and determined mother fighting for the survival of her babies. The moment Ustaad got involved all hell broke loose. The bear got up on her real legs and started swinging her powerful arms while screaming at the top of her voice. There were a lot of furs and blood flying. You could hear them fight a mile away.

The bear then went down on all four legs and bowed her head low challenging the tigress – a sign of extreme agitation. If you are on foot in the wild and you see a tiger or a bear doing this – you have very little time left on this planet. Take my word for it. Don’t try it. Now the gloves were truly off. It was fight or flight time. Fights between two large predators can often be lethal for both though tigers will almost always win in a fight with bears. But this was a mama bear and never ever under-estimate the power of a mother.
The tigress realized that she had bitten off more than she could chew. FIGHT OR FLIGHT. After a few tense moments, the tigress decided that flight was a better option. She turned around and bolted. BOLTED – THE TIGRESS BOLTED. ONE DOWN. No one had ever told me that this could happen too. And that voice in my head was still telling me to stay calm and steady. Stupid voice. 
Few questions are running in my mind and if that is bothering you as well, then let me try clarifying them for you.
Can a sloth bear kill a tiger? 
No! There’s not a single case in all of history, of a Sloth bear killing a tiger or even coming close to killing a tiger in a fight. Even the largest Sloth bears, stand no chance against an adult tiger or tigress in a fight.
Do tigers eat sloth bears?
Yes,— Tigers occasionally prey on sloth bears, but Amur Siberian’ tigers regularly prey on Asiatic black bears, and rarely on brown bears.
Who would win a fight a tiger or a bear?
If there is a fight, both would fight very aggressive and tough but finally, the Bengal tiger would win.. There are many times when both meet in the jungle face to face, the bear stands on two legs and roars to avoid the battle. But the Tiger doesn’t go without a fight. He comes closer and walks around the bear. The fight between the tiger  the bear can be viewed here in our blog: https://wildtrails.in/tiger-vs-sloth-bear-fight-natural-history-moment-captured-in-the-tadoba-national-park/

Aditya Singh


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2 thoughts on “Tiger Vs Sloth bear battle for life in Ranthambore

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m not sure how you come up with that conclusion.

    If the tiger chose to exit the fight with the sloth bear rather than fight, it’s safe to assume that the tiger felt threatened.

    If the tiger felt threatened enough to exit the fight, it’s safe to assume the tigers life could have been in danger.

    This leads to the suggestion that a sloth bear may be able to win in a fight against a tiger.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Actually, there are a few cases of tigers fighting sloth bears that result in the tigers death. Sloth bears are ruthless when it comes to fighting for the sake of their babies, and will often go for the tigers face which in a lot of cases can cause the tiger so much damage it can no longer hunt for food, which is almost guaranteed death. The tiger also obviously felt threatened in this situation, causing it to run. Sloth bears can very well beat tigers in a fight.

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