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Moment huge Bengal tiger battles ‘world’s deadliest bear’

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"The tiger was able to sink his teeth into the bear and we thought the bear would die but the tiger soon became exhausted and let go. The bleeding sloth bear charged at the tiger and bit him on the leg." Arpit said the tiger and the 300lb bear eventually decided to call it quits and walked away from each other.


"The tiger was enjoying his afternoon siesta when he suddenly charged ferociously into the nearby thicket," Arpit said.

The enemies almost fight to the death to get to the water edge (Picture: Mediadrumimages/Arpit Parekh)

Photographer, naturalist, and tour leader Arpit Parekh, aged 33, from Palghar, India, captured the incredible images in the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra, India.

THIS is the dramatic moment a Bengal tiger launched a savage attack on one of the world's deadliest bears.

"We heard screeching and soon realised the tiger had got into a fight with a sloth bear.

'It was a once in a lifetime moment to witness and it goes to show how difficult life in the forest can be.

The rare battle took place over an intense 30 minutes (Picture: Mediadrumimages/Arpit Parekh)

The Bengal tiger is seen knocking the sloth bear to the ground, temporarily gaining the upper hand, before the 6ft-tall bear, visibly injured, begins swiping at the tiger with its claws and teeth, causing the big cat to retreat.

The rare encounter took place 1000 yards away from Arpit's vehicle, lasting an intense 30 minutes.

But the bear appears to have had enough and suddenly turns around to charges at speed towards the tiger.

'Finally after a gruelling battle, the two behemoths decided to call it quits and walked away from each other.

The wounded pair eventually went their separate ways (Picture: Mediadrumimages/Arpit Parekh)

Sloth bears may have an adorable furry facade- but they are the deadliest bears around.

They eventually moved out into the open.

Photographer, naturalist, and tour leader Arpit Parekh, 33, from Palghar, captured the battle, which took place just 1,000-yards away from his vehicle.