Hard to believe & see, aghast, we saw the majestic creature gushing from the deep forest getting charged. He was surrounded by the roaring tigress & her cubs staring at the tourists. No one could have assumed that these were 4 month old cubs, they already seemed fully grown tigers. They were ready to attack the elephant from the back, as the elephant can easily counter the attack from the trunk. Our jaw dropped at the scene as elephant rotated 360 degrees in panic. 2 adults with 2 children on the elephant, along with us at a distance of some 20 ft. away panicked as the balance of the elephant dripped to save the attack. I saw their kids trembling and one of them even began to cry. Just a fraction of some 10-20 more seconds & the tigress family revoked the attack. They moved away from the Elephant and mahout was relieved.
OMG!! All this cropped up in hardly 30-40 seconds. Elephant passing through the bushes, the tigress family readying for the attack, the elephant turning 360 degree to counter attack, tigress leaving the spot on her own. Gosh! we could barely believe our eyes and minds, as the incident hovered around. We had never expected to see such an encounter & we rushed our gypsy & kept on panicking all through. A big big thrill had welcomed us & made us fall in love with this Park.
Due to the fresh attack, we returned back. The nature was kind enough to greet kingfisher's, Hawk eagle's, Red Jungle Peafowl and few other avifauna.This forest encompasses some 700-800 bird species, including migratory birds.
A beautiful Night at Jim Corbett FRH!
Full evening was marked by sharing the spine-tingling experience to the other mates of FRH until the night had fallen. It was such a beautiful starry night. With no lights in the surroundings made Milky way spotting so crystal clear. The great Seven Sisters - Big Dipper & Small Dippers, Sirius (the brightest of all the stars),Planet Venus and Mars , all of these spotting's filled us with sheer joy.
By 10pm, we cuddled in the cold black starry night in the blankets. Later in the night, we could hear roaring of various nocturnal animals. But a sudden cry & roar at around 4am in the morning shivered me. In the morning guards told me that, It was an Asiatic Jackal (purely nocturnal)who had attacked its favorite prey(Barking Deer) just adjacent to the FRH electric periphery. Wow, what a night that was!
Day 2 at Jim Corbett National Park : Part I