Bambi Makes A Big Mistake and Runs Straight Into A Tiger

Close up photo of a tiger's eye with a black background
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Written by Kirstin Harrington

Updated: October 23, 2023

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In the wild, all bets are off when it comes to hunting within the animal kingdom. As humans, we can only imagine how terrifying it would be to suddenly come face-to-face with a beast as ferocious as a tiger. 

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The African lion comes in second place to the tiger in terms of average size among big cats. A mature Siberian tiger can grow to a maximum size of 11 feet long and weigh around 700 pounds. The tiger stalks and ambushes its prey, waiting for animals as large as 1,000-pound water buffalo while using its well-known stripes as concealment in dense undergrowth.

We all know the phrase “Like a deer caught in headlights.” Take a look at the video below to see just how stunned deer become when they find themselves in front of the infamous striped king of the jungle.

A deer primarily uses its scent, hooves, and antlers to ward off predators. Due to their external appearance, natural agility, quiet disposition, and other characteristics, deer are sometimes misunderstood as vulnerable creatures.

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White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Fawn just a little over an hour old

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When a predator approaches or threatens them, most deer have two choices: fight or flee. Often, their natural impulse is to choose to flee. Deer have a top speed of 40 mph. The one in this video doesn’t seem to know which option to choose as it stands there, wondering how to get out of such a tough situation. 

Hungry, Hungry Kitty

Particularly among the greatest prey are gaur antelope, sambar deer, and enormous water buffalo weighing more than 1200 pounds, which are eaten by Bengal tigers. Sloth bears, Asian black bears, young rhinos, and even leopards have all been reported to be killed and eaten by tigers. Bengal tigers have reportedly killed young elephants and even fully grown, disabled adults on isolated occasions.

Tigers typically only eat once every two days, usually following a feast on a huge creature. A tiger kills 50 to 52 large animals annually or around one large animal each week, according to data. Tigers typically weigh around 700 pounds. At any given time, they eat 35 to 110 pounds of meat on average. But this can depend greatly on what they kill.

Tigers catch prey with their front claw, which has an expand/retract mechanism built in. To prevent the prey from fleeing fast, they strike the animal from the side or the back. The throat would then be torn out after the initial, vicious bite on the neck broke its neck bone. Once slain, the tiger would transport the corpse to a remote location for a quiet supper.  

If this deer ended up getting caught by the tiger, it would have a quick and relatively stress-free death. Tigers don’t like to prolong things, and the prey is often dead before feeling too much pain. Take a look at the tense interaction below! 

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About the Author

Kirstin is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering animals, news topics, fun places, and helpful tips. Kirstin has been writing on a variety of topics for over five years. She has her real estate license, along with an associates degree in another field. A resident of Minnesota, Kirstin treats her two cats (Spook and Finlay) like the children they are. She never misses an opportunity to explore a thrift store with a coffee in hand, especially if it’s a cold autumn day!

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