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I had marked the exact position of eaaters lantana bush, and now took Robin along a line that would pass a few yards on the lee side of it. As I looked down to see what had attracted his attention, there was a succession of deep-throated, angry grunts, and the leopard made straight for us.

My bullet, fired more with the object of deflecting him than with any hope of killing or even hitting him, passed under his belly and went through the fleshy part of his left thigh. Robin had hardly entered these bushes when he was out again, and with ears laid back and tail tucked in was running for dear life, with an enormous leo- pard bounding after him and gaining on him at every bound.

Man-Eaters of Kumaon by Jim Corbett

Crossing the road we went down a very steep ridge, keeping a sharp lookout to right and left, but saw nothing. On occasions one is privileged to accomplish the seemingly impossible. When passing the hut on the hill at Pali it occurred to me that it would be some little satisfaction to the dumb woman to know that her sister had been avenged, so leaving the horse to browse he had been bred near the snow-line and could eat anything from oak trees to nettles I climbed the hill to the hut, and spread out the skin with the head supported on a stone facing the door.

The valley, starting from the watershed of the three rivers Ladhya, Nandhour and Eastern Goula, runs south-west for twenty miles and is densely wooded. 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. The only habitation then in sight was a cattle-shed, high up on the north side of the valley. In a second he was up and on his feet again, and when I laid the dead bird down, he danced round it making little dabs alternately at its head and tail.

Half a mile down the hill the ravines converged, and from their junction there was a good view of the rocky, and grass-covered, slope to the right. Thereafter the men started beating their drums and firing off their guns, and in this way we proceeded for more than a mile right up to the head of the valley, where we found the woman, who was little more than a girl, lying dead on a great slab of rock.

On hearing the shots the tigress whipped round and went straight back the way she had come, and as she disappeared into thick cover I threw up my rifle and sent a despairing bullet after her. Sportsmen are admittedly conservative, the reason being that it has taken them years to form their opinions, and as each indivi- dual has a different point of view, it is only natural that opinions should differ on minor, or even in some cases on major, points, and for this reason I do not flatter myself that all the opinions I have expressed will meet with universal agreement.

Plans in plenty I had made way back in Naini Tal; one I had already tried and wild horses would not induce me to try it again, and the others now that I was on the ground were just as unattractive.

This subject of post-mortems of human beings alleged to have been killed by either tigers or leopards or, in the plains, by wolves or hyenas, is of great imporfance, for, though xii Man-eaters of Kumaon I rfefrain from giving instances, I know of cases where deaths have wrongly been ascribed to carnivora.


As I approached the stream the tigress left the bush and came out on the projecting rock towards me. As I reached the rock and stepped over the tigress hoping devoutly she was dead for I had not had time to carry out the usual test of pelting her with stones the men emerged from the forest and came running across the open, brandishing guns, axes, rusty swords, and spears.

As the tigress now appeared to have left this locality I decided, much to the regret of the people of Pali, to move to Champawat fifteen miles due east of Pali. The range was shorter now, and, adjusting the leaf sight, I waited until the bigger of the two slowed down and put a bullet through its back, and as the other one turned, and made off diagonally across the hill, I shot it through the shoulder.

And I think of him on one occasion stalking half-a-dozen jungle fowl that were feeding in the open, and on creeping up to a plum bush and standing up to peer over, the bush heaving and a tiger walking out on the far side and, on clearing the bush, turning round and looking at the boy with an expression on its face which said as clearly as any words, ‘Hello, kid, what the hell are you doing here?

Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. Major Corbett’s company some part of such holidays as I have contrived to take during my time in India, I can with confidence write of him that no man with whom I have hunted in any continent better understands the signs of the jungle. At one place in a dark heavily-wooded ravine, while I was skirting some bushes, a covey of kaleege pheasants fluttered screaming out of them, and I thought my heart had stopped beating for good.

The change-over from animal to human flesh is, I believe, in most cases accidental.

Man-eaters of Kumaon

The tigress would finish what was left of the kill during the night, and would to a certainty lie up among the rocks next day. One man was vainly trying to quieten the babel. Separated ftoirn th6 main village by the public road was a small holding of a few acres. The track run- ning along the east face of the hill wound in and out saters deep ravines and was bordered alternately by rocks, dense undergrowth, and trees; and when every obstruction capable of The Chowgarh Tigers 45 concealing sudden eook, in the form of a hungry man-eater, had to be approached with caution, progress was of necessity slow.

A cub will eat whatever its mother provides, and I have even known of tiger cubs assisting their mothers to kill human beings: It landed in the thorn bushes and Robin dashed in after it. The occupants of mam two huts had had no sleep, for the tigers, baulked of their 1 Karphal is found on our hills at an elevation of 6, feet. The sun had been up a eboom of hours when I arrived at the village, which consisted of two huts and a cattle-shed, in a clearing of five acres surrounded by forest.

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This being so, it would be suicidal for the sportsman to enter dense jungle, in which he had every reason to believe a man-eater was lurking, unless he was capable of making full use of the currents of air. After leaving Dhuna- ghat, my party of eight was added to by men from villages adjoining the road, and we arrived at Champawat thirty strong.

An approach along the drag was not advisable, so going down into the valley I made a wide detour, and approached the pf where I expected the kill to be khmaon the other side of the ravine.

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. That the man-eater was a tiger was an estab- lished fact, but it was not known whether the animal was young or oc, a male or a female, and this information, which I believed would help me to get in touch with it, I could only ascertain eboo, examining its pug marks.


Round about midnight, when the last of the great throng of men had left with shouts of delight at being able to use roads and village kumaom that the man-eater had og for four years, I had a final smoke eatefs 28 Man-eaters of Kumaon the Tahsildar, and telling him that I could not stay any longer and that he would have to take my place at the festivities, my men and I set off on our seventy-five-mile journey, with two days in hand to do it in.

I had only about five yards to cover to reach the open ground, but quick as I was the leopard was quicker, and I was only in time to see his hind quarters and tail disappearing behind some bushes.

Forethought, preparation, and persistence are indispensable to success. Having signalled to Robin to carry on along our original line, we went past ebiok lantana bush, in which he showed no interest, to a channel washed out by rain-water.

On the third occasion the one man who was armed with a gun fired it off, and brought the tiger roaring out of the bushes; after this the attempted rescue was very wisely abandoned.

Evook people of the village, numbering some fifty men, women and children, weire in a state of abject terror, and though the sun was still up when I arrived I found the entire population inside their homes behind locked doors, and it was not until my men had made a fire in the courtyard and I was sitting down to a cup of tea that a door here and there was cautiously opened, and the frightened inmates emerged.

Pivoting to the right on my heels, I had just got the rifle to my shoulder when the leopard burst through the intervening bushes and sprang at us. For twenty-five or thirty yards the desperate and unequal race continued, kumaoj just as the leopard was within reach of Robin, it unaccountably swerved and disappeared into the valley, while Robin circled round a shoulder of the hill and rejoined us on the road.

I was still several miles from my objective when the declining day warned me it was time to call a halt. The open ground was flooded with morning sunlight, and if I had been armed with a movie camera I should have had an opportunity of securing a unique picture.

It was not the question of his staying the night that concerned me, but the risk he was taking; how- ever, he was deaf to all my arguments and, as he stepped off the verandah into the dark night, with only one man following him carrying a smoky lantern which gave a mere glimmer of light, to do a walk of four miles in a locality in which men only moved in large eboko in daylight, I kuamon off my hat to a very brave man.

To these must be added great courage. All I know is that this woman, who was alleged to have been dumb a twelvemonth and who four days previously had made no at- tempt to answer any questions, was now running backwards and forwards from the hut to the road calling to her husband and the people in the village to come quickly ebok see what the sahib had brought.

The victim had been the first to cut all the leaves she needed, and as she was letting herself down by a branch some two inches in diameter the tigress had crept forward and, standing up on her hind legs, had caught the woman by the foot and pulled her down into the ravine.