THIS is the distressing moment a tiger was stabbed to death by an enraged mob after it had attacked one of their villagers.
**WARNING: DISTRESSING CONTENT BELOW**
The harrowing footage shows the six-year-old tigress writhing in agony as several people smash it with sticks.
Its movements become slower and slower as more of the villagers land blows on its body.
The helpless creature desperately tries to protect itself and manages to get onto its paws.
It sends its attackers fleeing in fear of retaliation.
A man behind the camera can be heard explaining that the animal was being killed because it had attacked and injured a villager.
The incident happened in the Indian village of Mataina, which lies in the Uttar Pradesh Pilibhit district.
Shockingly, it took nine hours for the big cat to die.
By the time its life had seeped away from it, the creature had suffered broken ribs and had stab wounds all over her body.
Police have confirmed they have seen the video and 31 villagers are being investigated over the killing of the animal.
The incident happened within the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve and it is not the first time such distressing scenes have occurred.
H Rajamohan – the reserve’s field director – told news agency IANS that around 16 tigers and three leopards had been killed since 2012 as a result of human interference.
It comes just weeks after a tiger appeared out of nowhere and charged at a biker in a heart-stopping video.