Bloodthirsty tiger sprints after motorcyclists in intense video

Two motorcyclists narrowly escaped death after a tiger leaped out of the woods and started chasing them.

The near-miss footage shows the giant cat running at around 40mph (64 km/ph) (Bengal tigers are known for being able to run at this speed. ) and catching up with the bike in an attempt to strike at its wheel before darting back into the woodland.

The video was recorded on the edge of Nagarhole National Park in southern India, home to 72 Bengal tigers.

While it appears that the tiger was heading directly for the vehicle, thankfully it did not continue pursuing the motorcycle for too long and swiftly disappeared back into the woods on the other side of the road.

It remains unclear whether the two riders knew about the tiger’s location before it came out from the trees, although filming in that direction before it happened suggests they had spotted it.

In 2015, two farmers were killed on the edge of the park by a male tiger. There have also been reports of more recent attacks.

Together with Bandipur National Park, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagarhole is one of the last remaining and well-protected habitats for endangered species like tigers and elephants. It became a National Park back in 1983.

The Bengal tiger’s population is said to be decreasing, and it is now listed as an endangered species on the IUCN red list.

You can view the full tiger chase video below:

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