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As I approached the stream the tigress left the eaers and came out on the projecting rock towards me. As one man the party turned and fled helter-skelter back to the village. At the village an excited crowd of men, women and children awaited eaaters and, as usually happens on these occasions, all started to talk at the same time.
On the brow of the hill the track led through a thicket of blackthorn, on the thorns of which long strands of the girl’s raven-black hair had caught.
Taking the direction from him, I presently saw what had attracted his attention the tip of the leopard’s tail slowly raised, and as slowly lowered the warning a leopard invariably gives before kuamon. If I could reach this rock without being seen, I should in mann probability get an easy shot at eatets tigers. Here I found the Tahsildar had not returned, and as there was still an hour or more of daylight left I went out with the chowkidar of the bungalow to look at a place where he informed me a tiger was in the habit of drinking; this place I found to be the head of the spring which supplied the garden with irrigation water.
Moving down-wind for fifty yards we entered the thick undergrowth, and started to stalk the deer not a difficult task, for Robin can move through any jungle as silently as a cat, Robin gfi and long practice has taught me where to place -my feet.
Merlin Unwin Books Limited Imprint: Robin responded to regular meals as parched land does to rain, and after he had been with ot for a few weeks, acting on the principle that a boy’s and a pup’s training cannot be started too early, I took him out one morning, intending to get a little away from him and fire a shot or two to get him used to the sound of gunfire. They emptied all their guns and gave a final yell, and I was holding my breath and listening for the screams that would herald the tigress’s arrival on the ridge, when she suddenly broke cover to my left front and, taking the stream at a bound, came straight for the gorge.
In anticipation of a start at short notice, I had engaged six men to carry my camp khmaon, and leaving after breakfast, we did a march the first day of seventeen miles to Dhari. The victim and two other women had selected a tree growing on the edge of a ravine, which I subsequently found was about four feet deep and ten to twelve feet wide. For one thing, when wounded animals have to be followed up on foot, chance shots are not indulged in, and for another, the vital parts are more accessible when shooting on the same level as the animal than when shoot- ing down on it.
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I rested in the village while a dish of tea was being prepared for me and told the people who thronged round how the man- eater had been killed. From the eager throng of men who pressed round I selected two of my late companions, and with them to guide me set off to visit the scene of the last human tragedy.
At the lower end of our estate there are some dense thorn bushes, and while I was skirting round them a peafowl got up, and forgetting all about Robin, who was following at heel, I brought the bird fluttering down. I had side-stepped to the left to avoid crushing Robin, and when I looked down for him now, he was nowhere to be seen.
Robin 3t thick undergrowth and, coming to a stand, looked back’. The village was situated on the top of a long ridge running east and west, and just below the road on which I had spent the night the hill fell steeply away to the north in a series of grassy slopes; on these slopes I was told ghooral were plentiful, and kumon men volunteered to show me over the ground.
The people of our hills are Hindus and cremate their dead, and when one of their number has been carried off by a man- eater it is incumbent on the relatives to recover some portion of the body for cremation even if it be only a few splinters of bone. Entering the ravine a hundred yards below the tree, and working up, I found the pug marks of a tiger in some fine earth that had sifted down between two big rocks; these pug marks showed the animal to be a tigress, a little past her prime.
Had the ropes broken at any stage of that thousand-foot climb, the casualties would have been appalling, but the rope did not break. The children of the house had been round- eyed spectators of these proceedings and, hearing me talking to them, their mother, who was inside cooking, came to the door. After the midday meal the Headman asked me where I wanted to go, and how many men I wished to take with me. A tiger’s function in the scheme of things is to help maintain the balance in nature and if, OJQ.
Man-Eaters of Kumaon by Jim Corbett
A good rifle to carry when miles have to be covered, but not the weapon one would select to deal with a wounded leopard; so instead of a direct approach, I picked a line that would take us fifteen yards from, and parallel to, the fallen tree. The late owner of the severed leg was a Hindu, and some portion of her would be needed for the cremation, so as I passed the pool I dug a hole in the bank eebook buried the leg where it would be safe from the tigress, and could be found when wanted.
When, therefore, eblok tiger is suffering from one or more painful wounds, or when its teeth are missing or defec- tive and its claw worn down, and it is unable to catch the ani- mals it has been accustomed to eating, it is driven by necessity to killing human beings. When the whole animal was free of the grass it started kumain roll over and over, gaming momentum as it came down the steep hill.
On returning to the bungalow I found the Tahsildar was back, and as we sat on the verandah I told him of my day’s experience. The significance of this will be apparent when it is realized that, while the sportsman is trying to get a sight of the tiger, the tiger in all probability is trying to stalk the sportsman, or is lying up in wait for him. By evening the crop from five large fields had been gathered, leaving only two small patches close to the houses, which the Headman said he would have no difficulty in dealing with the next day.
The Champawat Man-eater 27 On the way down the hill the beaters had found the head of the unfortunate girl, and a thin column of smoke rising straight up into the still air from the mouth of the gorge showed where the relations were performing the last rites of the Champawat man-eater’s last victim, on the very spot on which the man-eater had been shot.
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These people knew every foot of the ground for miles round, and could, if they wished, show me where I was most likely to find the tiger, or in any case, where I could see its pug marks.
When shooting on foo’t, it is very much easier to kill an animal outright than when shooting down on it from a machan, or from the back of an elephant. He suspected that the cow had been killed by the tigers he had heard calling the previous night, half a mile to the west of where I was standing.