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Two-tone tiger is half-invisible after taking a mud bath in India

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Now you see me, now you don’t! This two-tone tiger is half-invisible after taking a mud bath in India

  • A tiger that tried to cool itself down by taking a mud bath was left half-invisible 
  • Bengal tiger coated half its body in mud to relieve itself from the Indian heat
  • The big cat made its rear half seemingly disappear in Tadoba National Park

A tiger that tried to cool itself down by taking a mud bath was left half-invisible.

The Bengal tiger coated half its body in mud as it tried to find relief from the scorching 113F (45C) heat in India‘s Tadoba National Park in Maharashtra.

While a tiger’s stripes usually help with camouflage, this cat made its rear half seemingly disappear.

This two-tone tiger made half its body seemingly disappear after a mud bath in India

This two-tone tiger made half its body seemingly disappear after a mud bath in India

The Bengal tiger was trying to cool itself down in high temperatures in central India

The Bengal tiger was trying to cool itself down in high temperatures in central India 

It was spotted jumping into a pool of cool mud before stalking off into the undergrowth.

The bare and brown trees surrounding it meant the tiger seemed only to have the front half of its body.

No two tigers have the exact same stripes and the Bengal variation can grow up to nine feet long and weigh 500 pounds. 

Mud was spotted dripping from its fur as it stalked away from the pool after it took a dip

Mud was spotted dripping from its fur as it stalked away from the pool after it took a dip

The tiger's brown and barren surroundings added to the illusion that the rear half of its body had disappeared

The tiger’s brown and barren surroundings added to the illusion that the rear half of its body had disappeared

Photographer Harshal Malvankar, 38, spotted this amusing two-tone tiger as he scouted the national park.

He said: ‘It was extremely hot and the tiger had a mud spa.’

They are the largest big cats in India as well as the most common, although the number of tigers across the world has fallen dramatically over the last 100 years.

Bengal tigers are one of the five remaining subspecies and are at risk of extinction because of deforestation and hunting.

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