Two amateur videos of close encounters between man and beast -- one, a tiger terrorising tourists in Nagpur and the other, a lion jumping into a creek in Gujarat -- have gone viral over the last few days.
In the first incident, a tiger approaches an open top jeep at the Umred Karhandla wildlife sanctuary in Nagpur, and as three terrified tourists including a child watch, proceeds to play with the rear view mirror.
A couple of agonising minutes later the big cat slowly walked back into the forest without so much as a glance at the people inside the vehicle.
WATCH: Tourist captures video as Tiger comes close to car in Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary near Nagpur (Jan 1) https://t.co/LxilBJdqkQ— ANI (@ANI_news) January 3, 2016
In the second video, a lion which strayed into the Jafrabad coast in Amreli district, jumped into a creek on seeing a crowd of people.
The sight of the lion swimming across the creek caused more people to gather, before forest officials tranquilised the animal and sent it back to the forest.
WATCH: Lion swims off Jafrabad coast in Gujarat's Amreli, spotted by fishermen, later captured by forest officials https://t.co/UlGBJCM9KS— ANI (@ANI_news) January 3, 2016
Man-animal encounters, which are getting more frequent because of shrinking wildlife habitats, do not always end so peacefully.
Last Saturday, a man was mauled to death by a tiger in a buffer zone of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh’s Umaria district. Poachers and villagers have caused the death of more than a hundred lions during the last couple of years in the areas in and around Gir forest.