Animals
tigress

By Jamie Smith


These two tigresses got into a real cat fight.

The territorial predators stumbled upon a precious watering hole at exactly the same time.

After sizing each other up, they decided there was only room for one queen.

Pic by Aditya Singh/Caters News

In a short, ferocious battle, on the outskirts of Ranthambhore National Park in northern India, one of the snarling tigresses manages to slap down the other.

Defeated, her rival bears her teeth one more time before retreating.

The pictures were taken by Indian photographer Aditya Singh on May 13.

The 50-year-old said: “Ranthambore is a dry forest, where water is in short supply in April, May and June.

Pic by Aditya Singh/Caters News

“Water holes within this wilderness area are very precious during these months.

“Tigers are strongly territorial and they defend their territories very aggressively.

Pic by Aditya Singh/Caters News

“There is a set of nice rocky waterholes at the border of the territories of two sets of wild tiger mothers, both of whom have three cubs each.

“Both the tigresses reached this waterhole at the same time, with their cubs in tow.

Pic by Aditya Singh/Caters News

“When they saw each other, the cubs ran away to hide, while the two tigresses charged at each other.

Pic by Aditya Singh/Caters News

“After a fight that barely lasted a few seconds, one of the tigresses decided to run away from the fight, leaving the water hole to the winner.

“Only a handful of people have seen female tigers aggressively fight it out in the wild.”