African Nature Notes and Reminiscences
By Frederick Courteney Selous
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CHAPTER III NOTES ON THE LION The lion Native names for Character of Death of Ponto Picture in Gordon Cumming's book Death of Hendrik Number of natives killed by lions Usual mode of seizure A trooper's adventure Poisonous nature of lion's bite Story of the Tsavo man-eaters Death of Mr. Ryall Story of the tragedy Precautions by natives against lions Remains of a lion's victim found Four women killed Lion killed Carcase burned Story of the Majili man-eater Man-eating lions usually old animals Strength of lions Large ox killed by single lion Buffaloes killed by lions Ox slowly killed by family of lions Lions usually silent when attacking and killing their prey Camp approached by three lions Various ways of killing game Favourite food of lions Giraffes rarely killed by lions Evidence as to lions attacking elephants Michael Engelbreght's story Mr. Arnot's letter describing the killing of an elephant cow by six lions. Of all the multifarious forms of life with which the great African Continent has been so bountifully stocked, none, not even excepting the " half-reasoning elephant" or the " armed rhinoceros," has been responsible for such a wealth of anecdote and story, or has stirred the heart and imagination of mankind to such a degree, as the lion the great and terrible meat-eating cat, the monarch of the African wilderness, by night at least, whose life means constant death to all his fellow-brutes, from the ponderous buffalo to the light-footed gazelle, and fear, and often destruction too, to the human inhabitants of the countries through which he roams. Chap, 1n A TERRIFYING BEAST 45 How often has not the single word " Simba," " Tauw," " Shumba," " Silouan," or any other nativeAfrican synonym for the lion, sent the blood tingling through the veins of a European t...