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The Way This Tiger Treats A Fawn Is Amazingly Shocking

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.

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The Way This Tiger Treats A Fawn Is Amazingly Shocking

The Way This Tiger Treats A Fawn Is Amazingly Shocking

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The visitors knew the meek fawn would face a horrific death.

The visitors knew the meek fawn would face a horrific death.

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.

It was a 15-minutes encounter overall.

It was a 15-minutes encounter overall.

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."

The tigress was quite cheerful.

The tigress was quite cheerful.

As told by the photographer, "The tigress seemed to be in a playful mood, jumping around in excitement."

The joyful tigress even patted the fawn.

The joyful tigress even patted the fawn.

Then, carried it in her mouth like her own cub.

Souvik entitled photographs as 'The Benevolent Queen'.

Souvik entitled photographs as 'The Benevolent Queen'.

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 crowd was shocked and delighted at the same time.

The crowd was shocked and delighted at the same time.

The tigress and the fawn continued playing adorably.

Is the tigress confused?

Is the tigress confused?

Souvik also said that it was probably because she had confused the fawn for her own offspring.

Undoubtedly, the tigress and the fawn enjoyed each other's company.

Undoubtedly, the tigress and the fawn enjoyed each other's company.

It was also seen that the tigress was nuzzling the baby deer occasionally.

After they finished playing, the tigress retreated.

After they finished playing, the tigress retreated.

It left the fawn to rest on the grass.

Tigers are normally considered to be mighty and are feared. But, this surprising incident for sure will make us re-think about them a bit.

Check this video of the adorable encounter.

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