The Nilgiri Hills in Tamilnadu have a thick forest cover with tea gardens sharing spaces close to each other. The area is famous for its unique flora and fauna. Late one January morning this year, a Tiger went on the prowl in the area attacking human settlements nearby. It is said to have killed three human beings causing a scare among the daily wagers who mainly earn their living from working in the tea gardens. The first victim was a woman tending the tea garden. This caused a stir among the villagers who were too scared to venture out to work. The elusive tiger continued its rampage over two weeks before it was shot dead after a massive hunt by special task forces.
This picture is from a trip to a forest reserve in the vicinity a month before this happened. Ironically we were there to sight a tiger but were not that lucky. In retrospect, maybe that was a good thing.
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