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What would you expect when a lonely baby deer encounters a hungry tigress by chance?
Obviously, the unfortunate ending is what all of us would likely assume. But, you would be astonished to learn about this surprising incident that happened at the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra, India.
Covering an area of 241 square miles, this reserve is the largest national park in Maharashtra. The census conducted in 2010 had found that 43 tigers resided in this area.
All credit goes to the 35-year-old photographer Souvik Kundu for capturing the shocking moment so beautifully.
But, then visitors were taken aback when they saw the pair becoming the best of friends and the tigress leaving the fawn without any harm, after playing with it for a while.
The photographer was quoted saying, "When she slowly emerged from cover we were astonished to find she was playing with a hapless spotted deer fawn."
As told by the photographer, "The tigress seemed to be in a playful mood, jumping around in excitement."
Then, carried it in her mouth like her own cub.
He also added, "I'm still not sure why the tigress did not prey on the little deer when the chance presented and acted so unnaturally. One probable explanation is the tigress was in search for a mate and her urge for motherhood temporarily overcame predatory instinct."
The tigress and the fawn continued playing adorably.
Souvik also said that it was probably because she had confused the fawn for her own offspring.
It was also seen that the tigress was nuzzling the baby deer occasionally.
It left the fawn to rest on the grass.
Check this video of the adorable encounter.