The human roar scares the tiger, the tribal in MP lives to tell the tale
BHOPAL: A villager attacked a 45-year-old villager from a primitive tribal group in the central area of the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve on Wednesday morning, and lived to tell the tale.
This is the fifth big cat attack in Madhya Pradesh in the past three weeks, and the first survival. Three women were killed by tigers in Bandhavgarh and Pench, and a child was killed by a leopard near the Satpura Tiger Reserve earlier.
What saved Ramsuhavan Baiga from joining the toll was a group of brave friends and, of course, their toughness.
Like the others, Ramsuhavan was gathering mahua from the forest floor when the tiger struck. It was by his neck, but the reflections of the tribe saved him.
The tiger stabbed his fangs into his shoulder and began dragging him, hitting his neck.
Instead of panicking, his four friends attacked the tiger and screamed at the top of their lungs. The tiger hesitated, released Ramsuhavan and returned to the jungle.
As soon as the tiger grabbed him, his friends started screaming. The tiger dropped it and left, ”said BTR field director Vincent Rahim. She couldn't grab him by the neck. However, his clavicle is broken.
Ramsuhavan was alive but bleeding heavily. His friends tied the wounds with a cloth and took him back to his village, after which the forest guards were informed. He was taken to a local hospital and then referred to Jabalpur for further treatment, said the officer.
Rahim said villagers have been advised not to go into the jungle, especially in the central and buffer areas, for gathering mahua, but to no avail. There have been multiple tiger attacks on villagers gathering mahua around BTR.