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I made the radius of the first circle about twenty-five yards, and had gone two-thirds of the way round when Robin stopped. He had travelled far along the road of experience since that day he had first heard the alarm-call of a langur, and he knew now as did every bird and animal within hearing that the chital were warning the jungle folk of the presence of a leopard.

Corbett’s writing is as immediate and accessible today as it was when first published in The 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.

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All I could see was the undergrowth being violently agitated ‘in a direct line towards us, and I only just had time to swing half right and bring the rifle eateds, when the head and shoulders of the leopard appeared out of the bushes a few feet away. After carrying the dead woman for a hundred yards the tigress put her down and turned on her pursuer.

The bank dbook too steep for scrambling, and the only way of getting up was to take it at a run. His father was postmaster there.

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We spent the summer on the hills, and on kumaaon annual migra- tion to the foothills in November, at the end of a long fifteen- mile march as we turned a sharp corner, one of a big troop of langurs jumped off the hillside and crossed the road a few inches in front of Robin’s nose. Media Man-eaters of Kumaon. In all the subsequent years I have hunted man-eaters I have not seen anything as pitiful as that young comely leg bit- ten off a little below the knee as clean as though severed by the stroke of an axe out of which the warm blood was trickling.


Man-Eaters of Kumaon by Jim Corbett. A leopard, in an area in which his natural food ebiok scarce, finding these bodies very soon acquires a taste for human flesh, and when the disease dies down and normal conditions are established, he very naturally, on finding his food supply cut off, takes to killing human beings.

The grass was about two feet high and hid half my body, and if I kept perfectly still there was a good chance of my not being seen. Eddie, who will long be remembered in this province as kumaoj sportsman par excellence and the possessor of an inexhaustible fund of shikar yarns, was one of those few, and very fortunate, individuals who possess the best of everything in life.

That he would have a hard time in collecting the men I had no doubt, for the fear of the man-eater had sunk deep into the countryside and more than mild persuasion would be needed to eatsrs the men leave the shelter of their homes. Iumaon three nights it had been heard calling on the road, distant a hundred yards from the houses, and that veiy day it had been seen on the cultivated land at the lower end of the village.

First, that it was dangerous to chase langurs, and second that the alarm-call of a langur denoted the ebookk of a leopard.

Promising to do his best, he left for Champawat, while I climbed the hill to the bungalow. One was eating at the hind quarters of the cow, while the other was lying near by licking its paws.

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As an illustration of what I mean by ‘ accidental ‘ I quote the case of the Muktesar man-eating tigress. For twenty, forty, fifty yards we heard him crashing through the cover, and kumain the sound ceased as abruptly as it had begun.


When I raised my hand and beckoned, he disappeared into the undergrowth, but a little later, with drooped eyes and drooping ears, he crept silently to my feet. When all my ammunition was exhausted Robin, 89 I coughed, clapped my hands, and shouted, and neither during the bombardment nor after it did the leopard move or make any sound to indicate that he was alive.

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Fortunately the wounded animal most unaccountably decided against a charge. Not having the time or the inclination to shoot the leopard I rewarded my guides, and retraced my steps to the bungalow. Very slowly she turned, crossed the stream to her right, climbed over some fallen rocks, and found a 24 Man-eaters of Kumaon narrow ledge that went diagonally up and across the face of the precipitous hill to where there was a great flat projecting rock.

Fortunately she was at her last gasp, and the tap on the foot was sufficient to make her lurch forward. I had marked the exact position of the lantana bush, and now took Robin along a line that would pass a few yards on the lee side of it. Two very useful lessons Robin learned from his hairbreadth escape, which he never in after-life forgot.

Arrived at the ravine in which the woman had been killed, the very important question of ‘ what next? I was sitting on the south edge of a great amphitheatre of hills, without a habitation of any kind in sight. In this way we have on occasions followed an animal for miles before coming up with it.

There was no need for me to examine the blood to determine the 34 Man-eaters of Kumaon position of the wound, for at the short range I had fired at I had seen the bullet strike, And the spurt of dust on the far side was proof that the bullet had gone right through the leopard’s body.