Monday, October 27, 2008

Increase of tiger attacks blamed on climate change

As the globe warms and sea levels rise, tigers along India's north east coast are running out of their natural prey (crabs, crocodiles, fish), so they're turning to humans, reports New Scientist. Seven fishermen have been killed in the swampy Sundarbans region over the past six months.

Since the 1960s, 28 percent of the Sundarbans have been claimed by rising sea levels (at least two entire islands have disappeared) and tiber populations have been slashed from 500 to somewhere between 75 (according to the India Statistical Institute) and 250 (according to more conservative estimates).

In case you're curious, here's what it's like to be attacked by a tiger when you're minding your own business, riding an elephant…



(Image of Bengal Tiger by
Sujit kumar)

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