By Anil Sharma
Ranthambore, Oct 25 : American singer Kate Perry and English comedian Russell Brand had an uninvited guest during their wedding celebrations here two days ago — a tiger.
“A tiger known as T24 gate-crashed the wedding venue with a prey around midnight when the celebrations were on. The guards had a difficult time shooing it away,” a security guard at the Aman-i-Khás resort told IANS on the condition of anonymity.
“The tiger was only 50-75 feet away from the party venue when my colleagues managed to frighten him away,” the guard said.
The particular tiger has been spotted in the past near the resort, he said. A few days back he was seen with a prey – a “neel gai”
Though forest officials are tightlipped over the incident, the guard said that it seems that the tiger was attracted to the resort seeing the lights and smell of food.
“Variety of dishes, including traditional Rajasthani, continental and Chinese food, were cooked for the guests,” he added.
The couple had a Hindu ritualistic wedding Saturday amid chanting of Vedic mantras. They took seven rounds around a holy fire and tied their nuptial knots.
Aman-i-Khás, situated close to the Ranthmabore National Park, is a wilderness camp for travellers wishing to experience the natural beauty and rural life of Rajasthan.
The property sits on a gentle slope on the fringes of the park against a backdrop of hills.
Native vegetation of tall grasses, scrub and trees surrounds the camp. A watering hole is situated nearby.
The entrance to the camp is via a pathway that leads through high walls, opening onto breathtaking views of the rocky Aravalli hills that undulate through the Ranthambore National Park.
Ranthambore is known for its tigers and is one of the best places in India to see these majestic predators in the jungle.
The high-profile wedding ran into problems when paparazzi clashed with minders during a safari trip to Ranthambore.
The photographers claimed that a member of the actor’s entourage came up to their vehicle and punched the driver in the face. They also took away the keys of the photographers’ vehicle.
But the offending security staff later visit a police station and offered apologies to the photographers.