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ST “Defying the Odds: Mother Sloth Bear, Carrying Her Cubs, Overcomes a Large Male Tiger in an Astonishing Display of Strength” ST



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IMAGINE taking your babies out to get food only to come face-to-face with a tigress. What do you do?

Aditya “Dicky” Singh, who took this photo, expected this mother sloth bear to escape to safety. She didn’t. She charged across the rocky plateau as her two cubs clung onto her back, pressing their bodies down flat.

The bear reared up onto its hind legs, screaming aggressively, intimidating the young tigress, known as Noor, into backing away.

But the drama wasn’t over: Noor had been mating with a male – called Ustad – that was establishing a territory here in…