Alec Nevala-Lee

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The unseen tiger

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Jim Corbett

When undressing to have my bath that night I was very surprised to find that my light rubber-soled shoes were full of red dust, and that my feet were coated with it. I am very careful of my feet and have in consequence never suffered from any form of foot trouble, and I could not understand how I had been so careless as to get my feet all messed up…

When following my men after tea I had left the narrow footpath a few yards on the near side of the culvert; crossed the road from left to right through the six-inch-deep dust; skirted along the right-hand edge of the road and after passing over the culvert, recrossed the road, and continued along the footpath. Why had I done this? From the time I left our cottage, to the time I overtook the men near the haldu tree, I had not heard a single sound that had given me even the suspicion of uneasiness, and I had seen nothing, for it was a dark night…

[Upon going back the next morning, Corbett found the prints of a tiger at the side of the road where he had been walking.]

I [had] followed the tiger down the footpath and when I was within five yards of the culvert I turned to the right, crossed the road through the six-inch-deep dust, skirted along the right edge of the road, and after passing over the culvert recrossed the road to the footpath. And this I had done unconsciously, to avoid passing within a yard of the tiger.

Jim Corbett

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June 8, 2014 at 9:00 am

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  1. Woah…. Eerie…


    June 8, 2014 at 10:00 am

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