Tiger and Wild Boar Filmed in Forest Battle

A tiger was filmed fighting a wild boar in a national park in India on Tuesday.

The video was taken by photographer M.D. Parashar in Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan, northern India.

In the footage, which lasts around 20 seconds, a tiger can be seen grappling with a wild pig. The pair scuffle among the fallen leaves and tree trunks of the forest.

Parashar told Newsweek that the images were captured on Tuesday morning around 8.50 a.m. in Zone 1 of the park.

He said the tiger shown killing the boar was known as Noor Tigress T-39.

Noor Tigress is listed on the Ranthambore National Park website. She has given birth to several litters of cubs between 2012 and 2016.

Tigers like Noor are classified as a Red List Endangered Species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The body estimates there are around 3,500 of the big cats left in the wild.

In the January 25 clip, the tigress is seen biting down hard onto the beck of the Indian wild pig as the animal struggles.

The tiger also hits out at the pig's face with large paws as the pig grunts and squeals, attempting to escape.

The Indian boar can be differentiated from its European counterpart by its large man, larger skull and smaller ears. An adult Indian boar can weigh as much as 300lbs.

Wild pigs in India are a known source of prey for tigers. Tigers also eat smaller animals such as birds and rodents, and even larger game like deer or even elephant calves.

Despite their ongoing status as a Red List Endangered Species, tiger numbers have rebounded in India in recent decades after a government-led initiative launched in 1973 called 'Project Tiger' by then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

The project declared the tiger India's national animal and saw funding funneled into conservation efforts.

The 2018 report Status of Tigers in India said there were an estimated 2,967 of the animals in the country, accounting for over four-fifths of the global total.

That figure showed a significant rise from the 2010 population estimate of 1,706.

Today tigers are respected by many in India with some rising to the status of national heroes.

For example, a ceremonial funeral was held for a female tiger officially called T15 but known in India as Collarwali Tigress who died earlier this year at the Pench National Park in Madhya Pradesh.

Collarwali won fame in India after birthing 29 tiger cubs, earning her the nickname "Supermom."

Royal Bengal Tiger in India
A Royal Bengal Tiger seen in India. Tiger numbers have rebounded in the country but they remain a Red List Endangered Species. STR / Stringer/Getty Images