The amazing moment when a 660-pound tiger launched an attack on the world’s deadliest man-killing bear was captured in a series of incredible photos.
In one image, the Bengal tiger knocked the 300-pound sloth bear to the ground while it temporarily gained the upper hand.
In another, the six-foot-tall bear got up again and began brushing its claws and teeth at the big cat, causing it to retreat.
Photographer, naturalist and tour leader Arpit Parekh, 33, from Palghar, India, captured the incredible images in the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra, India.
The rare encounter took place 1,000 meters from Arpit’s vehicle and lasted 30 minutes.
“The tiger was enjoying his afternoon siesta when he suddenly rushed furiously into the nearby undergrowth,” Arpit said.
“We heard screeching and soon realized that the tiger had gotten into a fight with a sloth bear. They eventually went out into the open.
“The tiger was able to put its teeth into the bear and we thought the bear was going to die, but the tiger soon became exhausted and let go. The bleeding sloth bear fell on the tiger and bit its leg.
Finally, after a grueling battle, the two colossi decided to call it quits and ran away from each other.
“It was a once in a lifetime moment to witness and it shows how difficult life in the forest can be.
“Look at what both animals had to do to get to the water: they had to face life and death challenges. It really highlights what a precious resource water is.”
Sloth bears may have a cute furry façade, but they are the deadliest bears out there.
The most infamous of this species was known as ‘The Sloth Bear of Mysore’.
Shot in 1957, this bear killed 12 people and mauled two others.
Arpit captured the images on his Canon EOS 750D camera with a Canon 55-250mm lens.