These startling images show a tigress which was reportedly killed and eaten by another tiger.
The shocking images were taken at the Kaha Tiger Reserve in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
In the images, the tigress’ head and four paws can be seen lying on the ground along with some of the animal’s bones.
Local media report one of the paws had been partially eaten. The remains were reportedly spotted by reserve officials during a patrol.
The reserve’s Field Director K. Krishnamurthy told reporters that a male tiger had been spotted in the area, with “circumstantial evidence” suggesting the big cat had killed the tigress and dragged its body around 700 metres.
Krishnamurthy suggested the suspected case of cannibalism had occurred in a fight over territory.
The forest official said that cannibalism in tigers was “not uncommon” but added that scavengers could also have been responsible for eating the tigress’ remains.
Krishnamurthy ruled out poaching as a cause of the tigress’ death.
Madhya Pradesh is home to six major tiger reserves and is often dubbed the ‘tiger state’.