The most notorious lions of Kenya: Kill 135 people, workers even strike for them

The most notorious lions of Kenya: Kill 135 people, workers even strike for them

Mar 3, 2020 3:52 AM

"The boundless railroad is the reason why I like silence and tranquility. On a boundless railroad, I can only hear birds calling, breathing, how romantic!"

However, not only the romantic and beautiful things are around the railway, there are also blood and horror. On African lands more than a century ago, British built a railway on the Tsavo River in Kenya-the world famous East African Railway.

During this period, more than 9,000 workers lost their lives due to various diseases and accidents. Among them, more than 100 workers died tragically in the mouths of two "cannibal demons". For a time, a terrifying atmosphere enveloped the Tsavo.

Demon attack

"From Endy, the train passed through miles of beautiful forest and woods and reached our destination Tsavo." Patterson wrote in the book. Henry Patterson, a British colonel and an engineer, is best known to the world for the first time he discovered and hunted an East African wildebeest.

As an engineer of this railway, he had to come to Tsavo in person: because of the "cannibal demon", work has been stopped for almost a month here.

The "shaitaini" (night demon) in the mouth of the workers is actually two maneless chavo lions. The two lions did not fear this group of humans with weapons and guns. They broke into the workers' camps directly at night, dragged a poor man, and ate him. Even if workers reinforce fences, place obstacles, and burn bonfires, they still have a way to climb into the camp.

Within just a few months, 28 workers were killed and swallowed up, others were so frightened that they fled this place by train. The workers firmly believed that this was the devil in lion skin, the soul of the dead Aboriginal Chief. This is a revenge to punish them forbuilding the railway.


In the third week of his arrival in Tsavo, one day early in the morning, Patterson was told that an Indian officer named Wengan Sinha was dragged away by a lion last night. "The lion pierced its head into our tent. Sinha was closest to the ground and was bitten by his throat. He mourned loudly, but suddenly disappeared!" Said the partner in the tent in horror.

Patterson immediately went to the investigation site-the lion's paw prints on the ground, the traces left by the victims as they struggled.

As an experienced hunter, Patterson think that the lion must have taken Sinha somewhere else. Along the blood trail left, Patterson and his team found a place where the lion ate the carcass. But they cannot bear to look at the sight in front of them.

They buried as much of Sinha as possible. Patterson brought the general's head back to the camp and gave it to his friend. This was the first time he had seen the ferocity of the Tsavo eater, and he vowed to expel or kill the two lions at all costs.

At the beginning, Patterson adopted many traditional methods of catching beasts: traps, lassoing, and poison in other animal carcasses. But these two male lions seem to have insight into people's minds and never get fooled.

Patterson once tied a goat under a tree and set himself up on the tree with a shotgun all night, but in the middle of the night, he heard angry and terrified screams from other camp tents-he Know, another life died tragically at Shikou.

Workers further took defensive measures around the camp: they made fences with thorn hedges (an African plant with hard thorns), hung a bunch of empty cans, and the vigil workers kept pulling the rope, trying to scare the lion with the sound of "Ding Ding Dong" .

However, as a ferocious and savage beast, Tsavo Lions do not easily let go of their target. They are robust and alert, and in the presence of obstacles, they leap over and continue to prey. This is the lion's nature to catch prey, and will not easily give up the prey in its eyes. This is one of the reasons why a lion can be called the King of Beasts.

Demon Hunter

Patterson tried everything, and finally decided to wait. But his first confrontation with the lion almost killed him. He put a few animals in a camp, and he and the doctor ambushed in a boxcar. In the dark, he heard the sound of a lion jumping into the fence, and just as he was about to get up, another huge black shadow rushed towards their compartment.

Patterson screamed and fired, and in the sparks he saw clearly that it was a male lion. The lion roared and turned and ran away-just a second later, it would jump into the car, and Patterson and the doctor's lives were at stake.

The two lions fighting eastward shocked Patterson. But he did not give up and continued to refine his battle plan. On December 9, Patterson used a monkey's body as a bait to make a wooden gallows. This night, the lion was finally fooled and wounded by Patterson's short rifle. But instead of running away, he traced Patterson in turn.

Twenty days later, in the same way, Patterson killed another Tsavo lion. Finally, the "cannibal demon" storm came to an end, and workers also returned to work to continue building the East African Railway. The haze above the Tsavo River also dissipated.


According to incomplete statistics, two Chave Lions killed 135 people or more. Patterson made two pieces of lion skin into a rug and sold them to the Chicago Museum of Nature with a skull. Prior to this, scientists studied why the two lions were so attached to attacking human beings.

However, a silent and boasting result appeared before the world. One of the reasons why Tsavo lions are hairless is that they are hot and dry in the Chawo area where they are originally located. The mane will affect heat dissipation and waste water in the body.

The second reason is that since the Europeans entered Kenya, they have hunted all the long-maned Tsavo lions and decorated their living rooms with their skulls in a hundred years. For a long time, the remaining Chaveau lions have evolved to look like they no longer have a mane.

As for why you are obsessed with eating people, it is because Arabs often traffic people along the Tsavo River, and slaves who died for various reasons on the way floated in the Tsavo River, becoming one of the main foods of the Tsavo Lions. Gradually, the descendants of Tsavo Lion became a cannibal lion.

Albert Schweitz once said: "Only when human beings can show compassion and care to all living beings, can we truly realize peace." The terrifying Tsavo "cannibal demon" is also a tragedy caused by humans indirectly.

There are countless similar things. For thousands of years, humans have never stopped hunting animals. At the same time, the vicious circlr has never stopped. In this tragedy, we can only reflect and wake up. "Until the day when we stop hurting animals, we are still just savages." Only when someone is in harmony with nature is our greatest forgiveness.

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