Rupali Meshram and her mother soon after the attackImage co

A young Indian woman was lucky to survive, doctors say, after she fought off a tiger which attacked her goat.

Rupali Meshram, 23, said when she heard the goat squawk she ran out of her house in western Maharashtra state.

She picked up a twig and smash the tiger, which then confronted her and her mother, who was also injured, saved her by drawing her inside the house.
They both sustained only minor wounds and have now been discharged from hospital. However, the goat did not survive
Ms Meshram took a selfie of her bloodied face soon after the incidence, which happened last week but has only just come to light.

A doctor who treated her praised her "exemplary courage" in fighting off the tiger, but said she was lucky not to have been chomped by the animal.

Ms Meshram suffered injuries to her head, waist, legs and hands, but they were only superficial and she has been able to make a full regaining.

Rupali Meshram's discharge cardImage copyright  \ SANAY TIWARI
Image captionHer hospital discharge note records a "wild animal attack"

Because of her head injury she was given a CT scan and kept under observation.
"I thought my daughter was going to die," her mother Jijabhai told BBC Hindi's Sanjay Tiwari, adding that she had been horrified to see her blood-stained daughter trying to fend off the tiger with a stick.

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A photo of Rupali taken by the BBC shows no obvious signs of injuries, 10 days on from the attack.

Rupali Meshram and her mother 10 days after the attackImage copyrightSANJAY TIWARI
Image captionMs Meshram's head wounds have healed well - her mother is also on the mend

Her mother was struck by the tiger near her eye, as she pulled her daughter to safety, but her wounds are healing well too.

They called a forest guard but the tiger had left before he arrived 30 minutes later.
The village is often visited by wild animals due its proximity to a wildlife park.
"I am a bit worried about returning to my village so soon after an attack like this, but I am not scared," Ms Meshram told BBC



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