An Indian woman has revealed how she narrowly survived getting into a fight with a wild tiger by beating it with a stick.
Rupali Meshram, 23, came to the defence of her goat outside her family home in Nagpur, western Maharashtra state.
As she fought the tiger with a stick from the ground, her quick-thinking mother came to her rescue, dragging her back inside their house.
When the ordeal was over, Ms Meshram snapped a selfie of her posing with her mother, showing her face covered in blood.
Both Ms Meshram and her mother suffered minor injuries in the scuffle with the tiger and had to be admitted to hospital, The BBC reports.
According to the BBC’s website, Ms Meshram’s doctor praised her ‘exemplary courage’, but said she was lucky that the tiger did not bite her.
Both Ms Meshram and her mother have made a full recovery, but the goat sadly did not make it.
Tigers do not generally attack humans, but some experts believe they can get a taste for human flesh if they have attacked once.
India is home to more than half of the world’s tiger population with some 2,226 of the animals roaming its reserves, according to the last count in 2014.
Dozens die every year, sometimes at the hands of poachers, while reports of man-animal conflict are not uncommon.