Incredible footage is spreading around the internet, showing a pair of motorcyclists speed by a huge tiger that is chasing the bike down.
The video was taken on a road near the Nagarhole National Park, which is a large wildlife reserve in the southern part of Karnataka, in India.
As the motorcycle is riding down the road, the tiger sprinted out of the woods and began catching up to the bike fast. Experts suggest that the animal can reach speeds of around 40mph on foot.
Luckily, the bike managed to speed out of reach, and the tiger ran off into the woods.
It is suspected that the species is a Bengal tiger, which is currently listed as an endangered species on the IUCN red list.
The latest census of 2016 suggests that there are 106 tigers in Bangladesh, 103 in Buthan, 198 in Nepal and 2,226 in India.
It does not seem like the motorists were ready for what was about to happen, but since the camera panned in the direction of the animal, it is likely that they spotted it as they were approaching the area.
It is not clear what type of camera managed to get the shot. It seems that for such a great shot, the passenger would need to be wearing a go pro. Otherwise, it would have been extremely difficult to keep the camera on the tiger while it was in pursuit.
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72 tigers are currently living at Nagarhole National Park and they are not shy about protecting their territory.
Last year, a very similar video went viral on social media, showing a tiger chasing a vehicle in the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra.
Tigers at these parks can certainly be very dangerous and treated with caution.
This year, one of the tigers at Nagarhole National Park killed three people before it was tranquilized by park authorities. Just a few years ago, in 2015, two farmers were also killed on along the park’s edge.
Nagarhole has been a National Park since 1983 and, is known as one of the last remaining and best protected sanctuaries for endangered species like elephants and tigers.