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Tiger leaps onto boat, snatches man in east India

By Prasanta Paul

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 11:50 a.m. HST, Jun 27, 2014


KOLKATA, India >> A Bengal tiger snatched a man off a fishing boat in eastern India, dragging him away into a mangrove swamp as his children looked on in horror, the man's son said Friday.

The attack happened Thursday as Sushil Manjhi and his son and daughter were crab fishing in a stream in the Sunderbans National Park. The tiger leaped aboard the boat and clamped its jaws on Manjhi's neck, said Sushil's son, Jyotish.

The tiger "quickly flung my father on his back and gave a giant leap before disappearing into the forest," Jyotish said by telephone from his village of Lahiripur in West Bengal state. He said he and his sister tried to beat the animal with sticks and a knife, but the thrashing had no effect. His father was dragged away and was presumed dead.

The attack underlines the difficult existence of millions of poor Indians who make a living by scavenging in forests and rivers, often at risk from wild predators. Many villagers fish for crabs in the Sunderbans -- even though it's illegal in the protected reserve -- because they fetch a good price at markets in nearby towns.

The national park is one of the largest reserves for the royal Bengal tiger. Thursday's attack was the fourth deadly assault by a tiger this year in the Sunderbans, wildlife officials said.

India has more than half of the 3,200 tigers believed to be left in the wild in the world. But as the country undergoes breakneck development to accommodate the growth of its 1.2 billion people, tiger habitats have been shrinking.

The big cat's numbers have also dwindled because of rampant poaching to feed a flourishing market for tiger organs and bones in China.






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lokela wrote:
Poor guy. However that's the risk they take in an off limits place.
on June 27,2014 | 06:36AM
ryan02 wrote:
1.2 BILLION people in that country alone, and only 3,200 tigers in the world. Sooner or later, the earth has got to balance itself out. Maybe a pandemic, maybe war, but something will happen.
on June 27,2014 | 08:28AM
artmurch wrote:
Probably both.
on June 27,2014 | 08:37AM
primowarrior wrote:
Poor guy. Sounds like "Life of Pi", with an unhappy ending.
on June 27,2014 | 08:44AM
awahana wrote:
Did not know this was real.
on June 27,2014 | 11:22AM
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