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It can only be imagined that such eye-witness accounts of the beast, and its unusual actions, could only have given it more folklore as to being a werewolf. Indeed, the animal was observed tearing out the throats of its victims. In many cases, the face and heads were mutilated by the creature. Some saw that it did not even eat the victims but rather just killed them. It was wondered if it was just killing for pure pleasure?
The locals described it as having supernatural powers.
The lions reportedly killed up to 135 people in 1898, but does the truth live up to the myth?
It was said that bullets could not stop it. That it had fire in its eyes. That it could walk on its hind feet and possessed unbelievable leaping ability. It was also said that it could rise from the dead. It was a large grey wolf measuring 80 cm 31 in high, 1. Antoine and his team returned back to Paris. The body of the wolf was stuffed and sent to the King at Versailles for inspection. Locals identified scars on the beast from wounds inflicted by survivors who had successfully fought it off. Or so everyone had thought. On Monday, December 2, , two young boys, one six-years-old and the other twelve, were attacked by the beast.
The animal took hold of the 6 yr. While they survived the attack, others were quickly not becoming so lucky. Nearby deaths from the beast were already being reported by local inhabitants in the area of La Besseyre Saint Mary. To be prey for a predator that waited to stalk you, tear you to pieces, and eat you, alive. The King, with his stuffed trophy at Versailles considered the problem over and solved. To him, the beast had been killed and he could show this to the people.
It could not be killed. For eighteen more months, fear and terror continued in the adjoining wooded areas of the Margeride Mountains. It was as real as it could be. However, this all soon came to an end. In his party was a local inn keeper and hunter named Jean Chastel. He was now released to once again help in the hunt for the beast by assisting the Marquis. In a field, Jean Chastel spotted the beast.
He aimed his gun and fired, striking and killed it.
Boulanger, performed an necropsy on same. Human remains from its last victim were found inside of its stomach. From this day forth, there were no more attacks. None at all. What was done with its remains has never been known. The beast had now become part of legend. The legend persists to this day. One study conducted in estimated that there had been attacks done resulting in deaths and 49 injuries.
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Patterson kept the lions' skins and skulls like all male lions in the region, they lacked the normal manes characteristic of the kings of beasts and in , he wrote a bestselling book about the attacks, "The Man-Eaters of Tsavo. Photo: Wikipedia. But that wasn't the end of the story. Bruce Patterson, a Field Museum zoologist and curator, spent years studying the lions , as did others. Chemical tests of their hair keratin and bone collagen confirmed that they had eaten human flesh in the few months before they were shot.
But the tests revealed something else: one of the lions had eaten 11 people. The other had eaten That put the total at just 35 deaths, far lower than the claimed by Lt. Dominy, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of California Santa Cruz, said in So who do you trust? We're removing all those factors and getting down to data. That doesn't mean the deaths weren't significant, or that what Lt. Patterson called a "reign of terror" wasn't just that.
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The tests on the Tsavo lion bodies confirmed that one of the lions in particular preyed on humans, revealing that half of its diet during the nine months before its death consisted of human flesh. The rest came from eating local herbivores. The researchers did, however, support the narrative that the two lions worked together as some sort of killing unit.
They theorize that the two males came in together to scatter their prey, something most lions normally only do when hunting large animals such as zebras. One then concentrated on human prey while the other mostly fed on herbivores. This alone makes the Tsavo lions unique: "The idea that the two lions were going in as a team yet exhibiting these dietary preferences has never been seen before or since," Dominy said.
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Such stories were more likely started by incompetent huntsmen to excuse their own inability to stop the beast. Some of the evidence from 18th-century Gevaudan suggests that a real-life Jack Stapleton had a hand in the beast killings. Some witnesses said that it wore an armoured hide, perhaps that of a boar — so much for the bullet-proof demon.
One surviving victim even claimed the beast walked on two legs; a man wearing a wolf skin, perhaps? Then, in December, another beast attacked and injured two children near la Besseyre Saint Mary. Was it coincidence that a second beast would descend, so soon, upon the same remote corner of France? Or was three months just enough time for someone to import a new animal and train it? Either way, more deaths followed.
A investigation uncovered a potential culprit, Jean Chastel, the man said to have killed the second beast in June It did not run from, or at, Chastel. Was this man its keeper? The body of the animal Chastel shot was taken to Versailles.