In India, a Bengal tiger jumped into a fishing boat, snatched a man and dragged him into a swamp. The tiger attack happened Thursday as the man's children looked on in horror. Authorities say because the big cat leaped into the boat, grabbed the man and took him into the Indian Mangroves, he is presumed dead, this according to a June 27 Yahoo News report.
Before the large tiger leaped into the fishing boat and snatched the man, the predator must have been stalking the trio on the water. After all, this species of carnivores are comfortable in the water.
Sushil Manjhi and his two children, a daughter and son, were out fishing in Sunderbans National Park when the animal attack occurred. According to the man's son, when the cat jumped into the boat and attacked his dad, there was not much anyone could do to save him.
It [the tiger] quickly flung my father on his back and gave a giant leap before disappearing into the forest," said the man's son.
As the Guardian wrote, the area where the royal Bengal tiger attacked and snatched the man is abundant with danger from many wild animals. However, many natives are forced to fish and hunt in the area in order to sustain themselves. Oftentimes, it comes at a price as they skirt a thin and dangerous line. Sadly, the predator becomes the prey.
Moreover, although it's illegal, many fish crabs in the area and sell them on the black markets in India. With a premium on crabbing, many are hard-pressed to take a chance, even if it's life-threatening or against local laws.
Theories abound why a tiger hops into a fishing boat and snatches a man, one which includes encroachment. Tigers only number about 3,200 in the wild, but many decades ago, they thrived in much larger numbers. Much of the decline can be blamed on the increasing human population and competition for the region's limited resources. And as man occupies more land, tiger habitats and food supplies decrease. Not surprisingly, they become man-eaters as a result.
Stay tuned to more on this tragic story.