A young Indian woman in India, shockingly survived after putting up a fight against the tiger which attacked her goat. Rupali Meshram, 23, said that she heard the goat scream and immediately jumped in to rescue the animal.
She picked up a stick and hit the tiger, which then attacked her. She was rescued by her mother who pulled her inside the house. They both sustained minor injuries, but unfortunately the goat did not survive.
Rupali even took a selfie after the incident which showed her bloodied face. The mother and the daughter received treatment and are now discharged from the hospital.
A doctor who treated her praised her “exemplary courage” in fighting off the tiger, but said she was lucky not to have been bitten by the animal.
Rupali had injuries to her head, waist, legs and hands, but they were only superficial and she has been able to make a full recovery.
“I thought my daughter was going to die,” her mother Jijabhai told BBC Hindi’s Sanjay Tiwari, adding that she had been horrified to see her blood-stained daughter trying to fend off the tiger with a stick.
Her mother suffered from injuries near her eye and is now recovering well. They say that they called a forest guard but the tiger had left before he arrived 30 minutes later.
The village is often frequented by wild animals due its proximity to a wildlife park.
“I am a bit worried about returning to my village so soon after an attack like this, but I am not scared,” Rupali told.