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    Tiger bursts out of jungle to run behind motorcyclists

    Video filmed by a passenger on the back of a motorbike shows a large tiger bursting out of the Indian jungle and onto the road, running behind the bike before veering off into the bush.


    Two motorbike riders have had a close escape while travelling through a forest in southern India, with a tiger bursting from the trees and running behind their vehicle.

    The incident in the Muthanga Wildlife Safari in Kerala was captured on video and posted on the Facebook page of the Forests and Wildlife Protection Society (FAWPS), an Indian conservation group.

    Filmed by the passenger on the back of the bike, it shows a large tiger running fast as it emerges from the jungle.

    The tiger is seen running onto the road and briefly trailing the motorbike, before veering off into the forest on the other side.

    "Is this how the tiger parks are managed in India?" reads the caption on the FAWPS Facebook page.

    Indian tigers have an orange coat with broad black stripes, black ears and a long, banded tail.

    They can grow up to three metres long from the nose to tip of the tail and weigh anywhere between 135 to 280 kilograms, according to the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF).

    They are also endangered and protected under wildlife protection act.

    The WWF says while tigers tend to avoid people and only attack in defence, India's growing population, the clearing of forests, and the expansion of road networks have fragmented their habitats and led to an increase in interactions between the big cats and humans.

    The Indian tiger, or the royal Bengal tiger, can be found across 19 Indian states in reserves, national parks and sanctuaries known as protected areas.

    The animals are considered an Indian cultural and natural icon.

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