A photographer was on-site when an adult tigress faced off against a mob in a village near the Orang Tiger Reserve in the Sonitpur district of Assam
An adult tigress named T-7 had wandered outside the Orang Tiger Reserve and into the Borsola village in Assam’s Sonitpur district.
On January 12, 2022, as the state of Assam celebrated Bhogali Bihu, which marks the end of the harvest season, the people of Borsola village in Sonitpur district were caught up in the chaos created by an unexpected visitor from the nearby Orang Tiger Reserve.
An adult tigress named T-7 had picked up a stray dog and was resting within a harvested paddy field when some villagers spotted her. A mob gathered, panic ensued, and people started pelting stones and even set fire to the dry paddy, further agitating the animal.
While the tigress ran amok, so did the people trying to flee the area. One villager tried to confront the animal and sustained minor injuries. Thankfully, the incident concluded without any fatalities, and the tigress eventually retreated into the forest.
Friday, 12 May, 2023
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Nejib Ahmed is a wildlife photographer and conservationist from Assam, India. He believes that photography can play a significant role in establishing the richness of the region he hails from and highlighting relevant conservation issues.