Tourists follow the tiger to take photos at MP Panna Tiger Reserve

Watch: Tourists follow the tiger to take pictures at MP Panna Tiger Reserve

In the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, tourists follow a tiger so they can take pictures of it. Twitter/ @susantananda3

In the wild, tigers are only meant to be seen from a distance or caught on camera. Visitors should never chase or follow them. But tourists who don’t know the rules about safety in national parks and wildlife sanctuaries sometimes step over the line to get a closer look at wild animals.

This happened in the Panna Tiger Reserve in the state of Madhya Pradesh, and Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer Susanta Nanda noticed it. She posted a video of what happened on her personal Twitter account with a warning to tourists who don’t follow the rules when they visit a shrine.

In the video, you can see a group of tourists getting out of a car to take pictures of a tiger roaming freely in the forest within the Wildlife Abundance Zone of the Panna Tiger Reserve. Lucky for the tourists, the big cat didn’t try to hurt them as he crossed the road in a calm, straight line. Even after the wild animal crossed the street, the boys kept following it and taking videos.

Nanda wrote in the video’s description, “Remember, if you see a big carnivore, it’s because I wanted you to see it. He didn’t want to be persecuted at all. The tiger can hurt you so badly that you die. Please don’t do this strange thing again.”

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Since it was shared, the video has been watched more than 25,000 times and liked more than 1,000 times. People who were watching were also angry at the young tourists’ bad behaviour. Some of them also said that people who break the law should be taken to court.

Another person couldn’t believe his eyes and wrote: “I saw it and for a moment I didn’t believe I was actually seeing it.”

Another affirmed, “that is why we have to do serious teaching at the school level”.

One man acknowledged: “We’ve screwed up his (the tigers’) privacy.”

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The Panna Tiger Reserve is an important place for tigers to live. It is in the northern part of the state of Madhya Pradesh, in the Vindhya Hill region. It is covered by a dry deciduous forest that is full of life. Along with leopards, wild dogs, wolves, hyenas, and smaller cats, the king of the jungle, the tiger, is free to move around in this safe but somewhat limited habitat. In the forest areas, you can find the sambar, which is the largest deer in India, as well as the chital and the chowsingha.

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