This remarkable video of a Bengal tiger leaping from a boat and swimming towards shore has captivated animal lovers around the world and has been viewed more than a million times since its release in April 2022. It also caused a lot of joy on Twitter, as we can see from the few tweets at the end of the video.
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The video was filmed when a tiger was released into its natural habitat in the Sundarbans and this tiger didn’t stand a chance! As soon as they saw the beautiful coastline with lush green vegetation behind them, they disembarked and paddled in the water.
The Sundarbans is a mangrove forest in the Bay of Bengal, India, located in the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers. It has been a World Heritage Site since 1987 and consists of tidal channels, mudflats and mangrove islets. It is world-renowned as a haven for many animal species, including 260 different species of birds, estuarine crocodiles, Indian pythons and Bengal tigers. The tiger in this video has apparently found a home!
Protect the Bengal Tiger
In a scene reminiscent of the movie Life of Pi, we see the majestic tiger leap from a moving boat. The Bengal tiger is an amazing animal — and a very large one at that. They can weigh up to 600 pounds and reach lengths of over 9 feet. These apex predators are superb hunting machines, with deadly 4-inch long teeth that are extremely sharp – they can kill prey with a single stab. This, along with their enormous claws, size, strength and speed make them formidable predators.
Their numbers have been declining due to human encroachment on their natural habitat, as well as hunting and poaching. The Indian subcontinent was once home to 100,000 people, but numbers have dwindled considerably. But there is good news! Thanks to conservation measures, such as the one pictured here by Parveen Kaswan, head of India’s Forest Service, numbers are rising. A tiger census conducted in 2018 showed that approximately 3,000 Bengal tigers In India, there was a significant increase from the 2,200 recorded four years ago.
Hopefully the tiger we saw happily leaping from the boat will breed and increase the numbers further!
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I am broadly interested in how human activities influence the ability of wildlife to persist in the modified environments that we create.
Specifically, my research investigates how the configuration and composition of landscapes influence the movement and population dynamics of forest birds. Both natural and human-derived fragmenting of habitat can influence where birds settle, how they access the resources they need to survive and reproduce, and these factors in turn affect population demographics. Most recently, I have been studying the ability of individuals to move through and utilize forested areas which have been modified through timber harvest as they seek out resources for the breeding and postfledging phases. As well I am working in collaboration with Parks Canada scientists to examine in the influence of high density moose populations on forest bird communities in Gros Morne National Park. Many of my projects are conducted in collaboration or consultation with representatives of industry and government agencies, seeking to improve the management and sustainability of natural resource extraction.
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