Fatal Tiger Attacks On Rise in South Asian Swamps

The dawn mist was still clinging to the mangroves when the maneater struck.

Mohammed Rasul Hussain, 45, had left his hut in southwestern Bangladesh at sunrise three weeks ago and, with his younger brother, Sheraz, paddled across the river and into the vast Sundarbans forest.

They moored their boat and set off on foot to search for crab, wild honey and firewood in the world's largest mangrove swamp, which straddles Bangladesh's border with India.

Armed with only a machete, Mohammed did not stand a chance when the tiger leapt from the undergrowth, knocked him to the ground and sank its teeth into his neck. Sheraz could only scream in horror — and run.

They buried Mohammed that evening, minus his left leg.

"He knew the dangers of the forest, but he couldn't do anything else to survive," said Fatima, 30, his widow and the mother of their three children. "It would be better if there were no tigers here."

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