Jim Corbett And The Champawat Tiger

By | November 2, 2019

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Tigers and their status as an endangered species have made them, rightly, the poster child for preservation. They are gorgeous animals who have had an enduring mark on history through their symbolism of strength and dominance. They are generally beloved animals today. Yet if you look at one in the eyes at say a zoo, there is an inkling of primal fear of what it is like to be hunted.

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Bengal Tiger. Source: (Wikimedia Commons)

It was not too long ago that tigers were one of the most feared creatures on planet earth. This is for a good reason — tigers will attack and kill people. One study showed that between 1800 to 2009 there were 373,000 deaths related to tiger attacks or 1,784 per year. The highest number of fatalities occurred in South and Southeast Asia. Of all these tiger attacks, the most deadly came from a tigress called the Champawat Tiger who killed an estimated 436 people.