The forest department was combing the area with five elephants to locate a large female tiger which had killed two cows near their village. The team cautiously moved almost 20 feet where she was growling away. They took a shot at it with a dart gun and missed. This enraged the tiger so much that she charged and took a “flying” leap 12 feet above the ground on to the elephant’s head.
Although humans are not regular prey for it, the tiger has killed more people than any other cat. Between 1800 and 1900, it is estimated that tigers had killed over 300,000 people in India alone.
Tigers are sometimes intimidated from attacking humans, especially if they are unfamiliar with people. Unlike man-eating leopards, even established man-eating tigers will seldom enter human settlements, usually sticking to village outskirts