A tiger in Ranthambore National Park fatally attacked a forest guard on Friday evening. The guard, identified as Rampal Mali, had gone to relieve himself under a tree when T 72, also known as Sultan, attacked him.
The victim put up a brave fight but lost consciousness soon after.
Co-workers at the reserve rushed Mali to a hospital in Sawai Madhopur, but he succumbed to his injuries. Over two years ago, Sultan’s father, T24, had killed three workers at the tiger reserve.
Wildlife enthusiasts in the area said that since T 24 lives in the vicinity, T 72 shifted to the reserve’s periphery as male tigers are territorial and do not allow any other male adult to co-exist in a territory.
Experts in the area maintained that tigers usually do not attack forest guards patrolling the area, but since Mali was sitting down to relieve himself the tiger must have mistaken him for an animal and attacked him.
The government assured of compensation and a government job to Mali’s family members, who have refused to accept the body.