Attacks[ edit ] The first victim of the leopard was from Benji Village , and was killed in The leopard, preferring human flesh, would break down doors, leap through windows, claw through the mud or thatch walls of huts and drag the occupants out before devouring them. According to official records, the leopard killed over people. However, Corbett notes that the number of deaths was probably higher due to unreported kills and deaths due to injuries sustained in attacks.
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Shelves: outdoors The copy of this book I have is copyrighted The events in the book took place from to Jim Corbett is well known to most "outdoors types" and wrote a good number of books. His style is mostly a straight forward one in that he tells events as they happened laying them out factually. As he opens the book Mr. Corbett mention that the official The copy of this book I have is copyrighted Corbett mention that the official reports of this man eater say he killed people, but Mr.
Corbett says, "I know this is wrong. Well of course these numbers are always inflated But no. The number is greater, probably much greater than people killed. There are many reasons why any big cat becomes a "man-killer". Corbett discusses a few here but in this case he thinks he knows what turned the leopard into a human killer, why it developed a taste for human meat. The first known appearance of the man-eater is in The normal way the dead were and often still are handled in India was that they were cremated on a stream bank where the ashes could go into the water and hence to the Ganges and then on to the sea.
In normal times this can be a bit labor intensive. Carry the body sometimes over miles, gather the wood and carry that to the place then clean up. This begins in The flu pandemic hit the world hard and it hit this area very hard. There was no way the full funeral rites could be carried out for all the dead.
When his source of "easy meat" was cut off when the pandemic ended he simply began to hunt humans. Whether this is what happened of not it sounds logical. Corbett mentions how the curfew of the area was so strictly observed that the area would go "dead" quiet and look deserted by the time the sun was down. There are accounts of the incredible silence with which the leopard killed. There are eyewitness accounts of those kills and others.
There is the story of the full eight years. Read it for yourself.
The Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag
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