When might meets muscle: Umarpani Male in sight of a male gaur.
Having sighted the tiger in the ending hours of our morning drive at this particular anicut where he vanished behind the labyrinths to laze after dipping himself in water, we were expecting to see him in the evening drive as well. We were the first gypsy to reach this particular anicut at 4.25 PM since it's perceptible how shy a tiger Umarpani male is who dissipates seeing tourist gypsies, and our hopes were crushed to see half a dozen male gaurs grazing on the very same spot. The follow-up gypsies didn't even bothered to wait seeing the dejected sight and the minimal possibility of a predator around. Our guide then decided to check the other end of the anicut as well and there too we got to see only spotted deers and gaurs. We then hoped to move towards some other area of the park after seeing no possibility of a tiger sighting here and suddenly my guide motivated by his instincts asked the driver to reverse the gypsy and check the same spot one last time before heading to some other areas. After arriving there again and to have a close look, our guide pulled out his binoculars and spotted the tiger resting on the left side of the anicut and told us about his presence saying, "sir, tiger baitha hai ped ke paas". To our surprise and delight of spotting one in such an adverse scenario I reached for my camera but the very moment, tiger hid himself behind the grass thereby half drenching himself in water and only the back portion of the tiger was visible to us. The said movement by the tiger made the gaur noticed him and it started walking towards the tiger and then stopped to give a befitting stare to the tiger. Seeing the tiger in non-hunting mode and a non threat, the gaur started grazing again.
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