Eduardo Serio is a animal conservationist from Mexico City that found himself thanking a tiger for saving his life.
This footage shows Serio engaging and playfully petting the fierce cats at the ‘Black Jaguar White Tiger sanctuary’ when Dharma, the leopard, slowly begins to creep towards Serio from behind.
As the video progresses, Aztlan, the tiger, is shown lying quietly behind Serio as he watches Dharma hide behind a tree before he rushes in for the attack. The leopard launches itself in the direction of Serio when the tiger uses his quick reflexes to respond to Dharma and get in the way of his attack. The heroic tiger jumps high and across the ground to stop Dharma in his path.
Serio quickly turns around to see the tigers firm grip on the leopard as Dharma tries to let loose. Despite the interrupted attack, Dharma tries to get a hold of Serio, with a paw clipped on to his thigh.
As the leopard is wrestled to the ground by the tiger, Serio disciplines the leopard with a light tap on the paw to release himself from his hold. Dharma calmly obeys while the tiger walks away from the scene.
A tiger and a leopard are apart of the five ‘big cats’ that refer to the members of the Panthera genus, both of which are apart of the four animals in the group that have the ability to roar. While a tiger is considered the largest and the heaviest of the group, a leopard is known for their powerful strength given their ability to move large carcusses in and out of sight.
Thankfully for Serio, the tiger managed to stand it’s group to protect him from the leopard’s potentially harmful attack.