Riding a motorcycle is already an activity for thrill-seekers — but a couple of guys riding through the forest recently got more excitement than they could have ever anticipated.
And they managed to capture it all on video.
The guys were zipping through a country road in India when a shadowy figure started to tail them, just on the side of the road.
In mere milliseconds, the figure revealed himself as a huge and gorgeous wild tiger — and he was right behind them.
The big, majestic cat chased them for a few seconds — almost as if to defend his territory from the speeding machine — before diving into the foliage on the other side of the road.
While no one was hurt — though they must have been quite shaken — not all run-ins with wild tigers end so peacefully. Sometimes tigers, constantly challenged by loss of habitat, are killed in retribution for preying on livestock or coming into contact with people.
This particular encounter, which was posted on the Forests and Wildlife Protection Society (FAWPS) Facebook page, lasted for only a few seconds — but it’s probably something the motorists won’t forget for a lifetime. And it goes to show that the only thing more beautiful than a tiger is a tiger allowed to be wild.
There are fewer than 3,900 tigers left in the wild, and many are being poached so their parts can be used in tiger bone wine and traditional medicine. Project C.A.T. is working to protect tigers for years to come by supporting nearly 2 million acres of protected habitat — part of a global effort to double the number of wild tigers by 2022. Find out how you can help here.