By E. R. C. Davidar

ISBN-10: 8123722699

ISBN-13: 9788123722696

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The tusker's th irst fina lly wo n an d it moved away . III As soo n as the Wildlife Wa rden ret urned fro m t he j ungle he sent an express telegram to his friend Dr Rarne sh, the veterinary officer attached to the wild life de partment, to come at once . Dr Ra mesh arrived the next evening and went straight to Warden Chandran's house, with whom he usually stayed. Over tea, Ch ndran told Dr Ramesh all about th cro stu ker. Th n he laid his plan before the doctor. "You kno w the tranquiliser gun supplied to me.

A great horned owl followed with its loud, eerie " bu-boo" "b u-boo" repeated at interva ls. Mohan was reminded of stories heard about peopl e lost in forests being driven to madness by this strange cry, and shivered. Sitting in the semi-darkness, Mohan found that his binoculars gave him a slightly bette r view than his naked eyes. But even th en he had to rely more 'on his ears than his eyes. He wished t he moon would rise and light 'up i he 'po'o l and its surroundings: ' ~The long wat ch was beginning to tire Mohan.

It turned a nd looked a rou nd to find out what had hit it. ·. · . . .. -. J ust then. the wind changed and the tuskcrcuught the Wildlife Wa rden's scen t. Its killer instinct wa s aroused at once . C handra n realising that the game was up and that his on ly chance now lay in running away decided to take a head start. The Wildlife Warden spra ng up a nd ran awa y fro m the tusk er as fast as his legs would ca rry him. T he killer saw the hunter and ga ve chase. It was a deadly, silent a nd determ ined killer that pursued Chandran .

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