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Tiger, Ranthambore National Park, India

Tiger, Ranthambore National Park, India

Ranthambore National Park, India, the home of around 50 tigers.

Queuing up for a safari ticket was something else, it was like John Lennon had come back from the dead and tickets for the Beatles reform gig were going on sale, it was absolute mayhem. There was around 200 people in a queue (I use the word queue loosely) and no one had any idea what was going on. Arguments broke out, people were jumping the queue, westerners were looking at each other gobsmacked and all of this for a 3 hour drive where you only have a 20% chance of seeing a tiger. There was a space available and after 2 and a half hours in the riot I was somehow plucked out and told there was a single seat going....I clutched my ticket like it was gold dust and to round off a day of luck I saw a tiger in the wild.

Unknown to the occupants of our hotel that night, a tiger had escaped from the park and was wondering the streets. The owner knew there was a stray cat (!) but didn't tell us for a good reason as this particular tiger had already killed 15 people!