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SHAHJAHANPUR: Since times immemorial, dogs have always been considered to be faithful to man under any circumstances. Various incidences of their faithfulness have also come to light in this regard.
In a tragic example of the loyalty and unconditional love of man's best friend, a dog who lived with a farmer in a village near Dudhwa National Park here fought with a tiger to save its sleeping master, giving up its life in the process.
The incident occurred on Friday night at Barbatpur village near Khutar town, 52 km from here. The farmer, Gurdev Singh, was sleeping in the open outside his house, with the four-year-old Jacky lying next to him. On smelling a tiger approach from the forest of South Kheri nearby, jacky tried to make his master wake up to the danger.
"Barbatpur is very close to South Kheri forest, which is a part of Dudhwa National Park. A large part of the forest land has been encroached upon by humans and the forest area is fragmenting by the day. The entry of a tiger in a village is not surprising. The population of big cats in this part of the forest is very high and they sometimes come out looking for food," said forest ranger S N Yadav.