The Call of the Man Eater

The Call of the Man Eater is the fourth book of jungle tales and man-eaters by Kenneth Anderson , first published in 1961 by George Allen and Unwin .

Author dedication

Kenneth Anderson gratefully dedicates the book to the memory of his father, the late Douglas Stuart Anderson, Superintendent of Military Accounts in the British Government of India train, “who, when and how, Wild places and living creatures of the land, the beauties of the countryside, and a deep appreciation of the marvelous ways of Nature and of God – an example which is imperfectly striven to emulate by passing these precepts to my son, Donald “. [1]

Contents

Introduction

Anderson introduces his fourth book by explaining his hopes to do something different, and he also likes to capture and share with others his view of the world.

The Call of the Man-Eater

Anderson heads to a Gunjur bungalow on the trail of a man-eating tiger when the daughter of a hard working caretaker is killed. Anderson sets out to hunt the man-eater hampered by a lack of supplies, a torch with a failing battery and his caretaker friend whose nerves keep getting better from him. It soon becomes apparent that the tiger is going to be killed by a lone jackal, so that the next victim may be able to locate its next kill. With limited supplies, Anderson and the caretaker improvised a bait to sit over, by making a caretaker’s pillows and clothes.

The Evil One of Umbalmeru

Local workers start to go missing in the Chamala Valley, plucked from the ground without any drag marks, blood or foot prints during the middle of the afternoon. Locals soon spread word that the Chamala Valley is haunted by an ‘Evil One’. Anderson arrives in the valley to unravel this mystery and through some investigations he discovers a very interesting story about a local circus – which leads him to the reason why the man-eater kills during the day, and where it can be found.

A Night by the Fire Camp

Anderson takes us to his solitary jungle retreat, The Secret River at Kundukottai. Whilst describing his night in a jungle camp, he also tells the story of how his family acquired certain jungle farts; Bruno the sloth bear , Jackie the hyena and Ella the jackal .

The Black Rogue of the Moyar Valley

Anderson takes an American tourist to the Mysore area to photograph Indian wildlife, and whilst there They encounter a rogue black elephant qui HAD reportedly killed locals. Anderson and the tourist have a narrow escape with the elephant, and later heads back to track and kill it. The story ends with the black elephant, which leaves Anderson feeling sympathy for the rogue despite its actions.

Jungle Days and Nights

Anderson recounts a collection of events from the Indian jungles, some tragic, some humorous. Including; guiding a stubborn senior factory officer to a crocodile shoot, a friend who refers to a local rogue elephant as his watchdog and problems faced with the local police the murder, which one has a much regretted decision in his life.

The Creatures of the Jungle

Anderson shares his stories about the various creatures of the Indian jungle; wild dog , wild boar , bear sloth , pangolin , hyena , tiger , panther and elephant .

The Sulekunta Panther

Anderson’s shikaris friend, Muniappa (formerly in the story of the Jowlagiri Manifesto – Nine Maneaters and One Rogue ), will give you a lot of help to get you started. the skin as settlement. Eventually agreeing to shoot the tiger, Anderson ends up spending the worst night of his life on a badly made machan during a terrible storm. The sale brings in a lot of malaria, and Anderson does not want to go back to work for another month or so. Upon his return it transpires that in fact the cattle lifter is a panther and not a tiger. Anderson sits up and awaits the panther, and when he arrives and he has a clean shot – he decides on the last minute to let it go.

From Mauler to Man-Eater

The Mauler of Rajnagara ( Man Eaters and Jungle Killers ) and The Maneater of Pegepalyam ( The Black Panther of Sivanipalli and Other Adventures of the Indian Jungle). Previously a tiger in the area of ​​Rajnagara had a man-eater, but had a curious habit of using his teeth and only killing with its claws. Following the previous failed attempts to shoot the tiger, Anderson and his son. When two human kills are reported in Bejahahai, Donald travels there alone to dispatch the killer. At this point Donald takes over the writing of the story and describes his hunt for the man-eater in detail. Donald eventually kills the maneater at his cave up steep hill. Examining the body he finds that the nose has been blown away by a gun shot, disabling it from using its jaws as a weapon.

References

  1. Jump up^ Anderson, Kenneth (1961). The Call of the Man Eater . George Allen and Unwin. p. 7.