animals of india


The moment a pregnant tiger’s hormones took over and allowed a tiny fawn to live!

  • The tiger and fawn played together for around half an hour before the carnivore let the baby deer go
  • Tiger had no interest in eating what would normally be its prey, and only wanted to play
  • Photos captured by amateur photographer Pawan Menon while on safari in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra, central India

The baby deer might have been saved by maternal instinct - as the tiger was pregnant, and showed absolutely no interest in turning it into a meal.

The photos show the two unlikely friends running together for around half an hour through the trees and long grass in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra, central India.

They were taken by amateur photographer Pawan Menon, 46, from Kerala, who is a call centre worker by trade, but was lucky enough to stumble across this rare event while on safari. 

‘It was early morning when I was roaming with a friend in the jungle scouting for tigers. Suddenly I noticed one. At first, I thought she was playing alone but then I spotted the tiny fawn by her side,’ he said.

'It was the most astonishing thing to see. I felt my heart beating fast as I was certain it was the end for the fawn. But the tiger sat calmly and played with the baby.’

Even though the tiger was in no mood to eat, the fawn was still visibly frightened. Mr Menon said it even made an attempt to run but the tiger caught it, carried it gently in its mouth and took it back to the spot they were sitting.

'The two were together for half an hour playing, running and jumping. Then the tiger gently carried the fawn by its neck - as it would carry its own cub - and eventually started nudging it to run away,’ he added.

'It was unbelievable. I’m sure the fawn couldn’t believe he was still alive as he ran off! But the fascinating episode restored my belief - wild animals only kill when they’re hungry.’

adoptpets: What a wonderful story. Cats are wonderful mothers. It kind of reminds me of the lioness who adopted the baby oryx in Kenya. Heart of a Lioness is such a wonderful documentary and you can watch it here:


Thirsty King Cobra Drinks from Water Bottle

The world’s longest venomous snake, the king cobra, usually tries to avoid confrontation with humans. However, a few days ago, a thirst king cobra found its way to the Kaiga village in Karnataka, presumably in search of water. Karnataka has been hit by drought and suffering from scarcity of water. In an amazing video, a wildlife rescue worker is seen offering the thirsty cobra a drink of water from a bottle - and the snake can be seen lapping it up.

A pair of young Bengal tigers in India’s Ranthambore national park. Less than 4,000 tigers are left in the wild, a consequence in part due to poaching to supply consumer demand for their body parts, mostly in China and southeast Asia.

Photograph: Sudhir Shivaram/Photographers Against Wildlife Crime/Wildscreen