The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Man-eaters of Tsavo and Other East African Adventures, by J. H. Patterson This eBook is for the use of. Free PDF, epub, site ebook. By J. H. Patterson. This book recounts the author's experiences while overseeing the construction of a railroad bridge in what. Free eBook: The Man-Eaters of Tsavo by J.H. Patterson. From the time of Herodotus until to-day, lion stories innumerable have been told and written. I have put.
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lions previously told at greater length in his well-known book. "The Man-Eaters of Tsavo." In , Col. Patterson delivered a publiclecture in the Field Museum. WHY THE MAN-EATERS DID. WHAT THEY DID. Packer-West expedition. When I tell him that they have ruled out any relationship between Tsavo lions and. PDF | On Jan 1, , B. D. Patterson and others published The lions of TSAVO: exploring the legacy of Africa's notorious maneaters.
Crews tried to scare off the lions and built campfires and bomas , or thorn fences made of whistling thorn trees around their camp for protection to keep the man-eaters out, all to no avail; the lions leaped over or crawled through the thorn fences.
Patterson noted that early in their killing spree, only one lion at a time would enter the inhabited areas and seize victims, but later they became more brazen, entering together and each seizing a victim.
As the attacks mounted, hundreds of workers fled from Tsavo, halting construction on the bridge. At this point, colonial officials began to intervene.
According to Patterson, even the District Officer, Mr. Whitehead, narrowly escaped being killed by one of the lions after arriving at the Tsavo train depot in the evening.
His assistant, Abdullah, was killed while Whitehead escaped with a four-prong claw tear running down his back. After repeated unsuccessful attempts, he shot the first lion on 9 December Twenty days later, the second lion was found and killed.
It took eight men to carry the carcass back to camp. Patterson wrote in his account that he wounded the first lion with one bullet from a high-calibre rifle. This shot struck the lion in its back leg, but it escaped. Later, it returned at night and began stalking Patterson as he tried to hunt it.
He shot it through the shoulder, penetrating its heart with a more powerful rifle and found it lying dead the next morning not far from his platform. The second lion was shot up to nine times, five with the same rifle, three with a second, and once with a third rifle. Two shots from a second rifle hit the lion 11 days later as it was stalking Patterson and trying to flee.
When they found the lion the next day, Patterson shot it three more times with the same rifle, severely crippling it, and he shot it three times with a third rifle, twice in the chest, and once in the head, which killed it.
He claimed it died gnawing on a fallen tree branch, still trying to reach him. The construction crew returned and finished the bridge in February The exact number of people killed by the lions is unclear. Patterson gave several figures, overall claiming that there were victims. At last the labourers entirely declined to carry on unless they were guarded by iron entrenchments. Of course it is difficult to work a railway under these conditions and until we found an enthusiastic sportsman to get rid of these lions our enterprise was seriously hindered.
The skins arrived at the museum in very poor condition. The lions were reconstructed and are now on permanent display along with their skulls.
In , a review about causes for man-eating behaviour among lions revealed that the proposed human toll of or more was most likely an exaggeration and that the more likely total was 28—31 victims. This reduced total was based on their review of Colonel Patterson's original journal, courtesy of Alan Patterson.
Tsavo lions with normal wildlife diets, grazers and browsers from Tsavo East and Tsavo West, and the skeletal remains of Taita people from the early 20th century. Interpolation of their estimates across the 9 months of recorded man-eating behavior suggested that FMNH ate the equivalent of The scientific analysis does not differentiate between entire human corpses consumed, compared to parts of individual prey, since the attacks often raised alarm forcing the lions to slink back into the surrounding area.
Many workers over the long construction period went missing, died in accidents, or simply left out of fear; so it is likely almost all of the builders, who stayed on, knew someone missing or supposedly eaten. It appears that Colonel Patterson may have exaggerated his claims as have subsequent investigators e.
A low meat diet would produce a signature more typical of herbivores in the victims, affecting the outcome of the test. This research also excludes, but does not disprove, the claims that the lions were not eating the victims they killed but merely killing just to kill.
Similar claims have been made of other wildlife predators. Theories for the man-eating behaviour of lions have been reviewed by Peterhans and Gnoske, as well as Bruce D.
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Patterson Their discussions include the following:. An alternative argument indicates that the first lion had a severely damaged tooth that would have compromised its ability to kill natural prey. Studies indicate the lions ate humans as a supplement to other food, not as a last resort.
In a study carried out by the team of Dr. An appendix contains advice to sportsmen visiting British East Africa. The book also includes photographs taken by Patterson at the time which include the railway construction; the workers; local tribes; scenery and wildlife; and the man-eaters.
Several publications about and studies of the man-eating lions of Tsavo have been inspired by Patterson's account. The book has been adapted to film three times: a monochrome , British film of the s, a 3-D film titled Bwana Devil , and a color version called The Ghost and the Darkness , where Val Kilmer played the daring engineer who hunts down the lions of Tsavo. Historicity of the account of the man-eaters[ edit ] The Victorian style of the prose may appear today as overwritten.
However, the editor's note to the reprint claims that the facts suggest that some aspects were actually downplayed, such as the death of Haslem, about which more and grisly facts are known. It was remarkable that people were killed by the man-eaters in less than a year before Patterson managed to kill them although this number is contested but not disproven  Patterson's book itself states that "between them [the lions] no less than 28 Indian coolies [labourers], in addition to scores of unfortunate African natives of whom no official record was kept" were killed.
They documented p.
This lesser number was confirmed in Dr. He showed that the greater toll attributed to the lions resulted from a pamphlet written by Col.
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Patterson in , stating "these two ferocious brutes killed and devoured, under the most appalling circumstances, Indian and African artisans and laborers employed in the construction of the Uganda Railway.
Setting[ edit ] The book is set in East Africa. The nearest large city to the man-eater attacks is Mombasa, the largest city then and second largest city now in Kenya. The Tsavo man-eater attacks occurred while working on the Uganda Railway. It was separate from railway developments elsewhere in East Africa, for instance in German-run Tanganyika. The railway project was controversial and the British Press referred to it as "The Lunatic Express",  as critics considered it a waste of funds, while supporters argued it was necessary for transportation of goods.
While he is working on this, two man-eating lions show up. They will stop at nothing for a bite of human flesh and the first attempts to stalk, capture or keep them out of the camp fail.
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They attack the camp hospital and kill a patient. Even after the hospital is moved, one lion penetrates the thick, thorn fence called a boma built to protect it and drags the water carrier away to his death.
In the course of hunting these lions, Patterson encounters a red spitting cobra, a rhinoceros, a hippopotamus, a pack of wild dogs, a wildebeest that faked dying, and a herd of zebra, of which he captured six. He also shoots a new type of antelope, T.
The Man-Eaters of Tsavo, and Other East African Adventures by J. H. Patterson
Eventually, the first lion is defeated by baiting it with a tethered donkey while Patterson keeps watch from an elevated stand — though for a few tense moments Patterson himself becomes the hunted. Patterson and Mahina hunt the second lion on the plains. When they find and shoot it, the lion charges them and it takes repeated shots to bring it down.Nor was this story only compared to that of the Bible.
The Travels of Dean Mahomed. Peterhans, Julian C. The town of Mombasa itself naturally occupied most of my attention. Through the process of taxidermy and display at the Field, visitors will continue to be reminded of the danger of the wilderness and Africa for generations to come. Two male lions had developed a taste for the railway workers, repeatedly sneaking into tents under the cover of night and dragging unfortunate victims into the brush, where their screams could be heard across the camps.
Every day that the bridge over the Tsavo River was held up was another day that Kenya would go without the civilizing, humanitarian influence of Great Britain.
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