A follow up post to the earlier one on my Kanha trip.
We were unlucky on all the safaris – we didn’t get any sightings of the tiger. And we did get a little bored on the safari looking at just deer and birds. To pass the time, we, ignorant city people (ICP) started asking all sorts of questions to our guides, who at first responded sincerely, then later started getting a little irritated. 🙂
ICP: We were told that the Kanha zone is called a premium zone because tiger sightings are more here. Will we see a tiger in this zone?
Guide: Zones are demarcated for human convenience. For a tiger, everything is forest. How will it know which is the premium zone?
ICP: I have read that the tiger attacks a prey thrice and if it fails, it gives up and walks away. Is it true?
Guide: What? The tiger doesn’t have such logic. Once it decides on its prey, it attacks ruthlessly till it is killed.
Guide: The forest guides use elephants for patrolling. In case there is a tiger sighting, you too can travel on elephants and see the tiger at close quarters.
ICP: Isn’t the tiger afraid of the elephant?
Guide: The tiger is the king of the jungle. Why should it be scared of the elephant?
ICP: What if a lion comes? Will the tiger be scared now?
Guide: In India, lions are found only in Gir in Gujarat, I thought you were at least aware of this.
Guide: Have you come for the safari before?
ICP: Yes, we came in the morning.
Guide: What did you see?
ICP: We saw 3 types of deer, the bison, many types of birds but no tiger.
Guide: Which means, you saw the full film and the hero never appeared. 🙂
Guide: All birds and animals make 3 types of calls – the normal call, the mating call and the danger call. We recognize whether the tiger is around by listening to these calls. Now, what you hear is a mating call given by a bird.
ICP: Will the tiger come now?
Guide (a little irritated): Why should the tiger come when a bird gives a mating call?
ICP: Will the tiger think I am a deer and attack me?
The guide doesn’t bother to reply. 🙂