This A Book Report On The Ghost Of Tsavo And Discusses How There Is Possible Two Types Of Lions In Africa

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The book I read, was Ghosts of Tsavo. The book is about a group of lions in Africa that are a little abnormal compared to the other lions in Africa. Philip Caputo, a sixty-year-old lion enthusiast, writes the book. The book really tells the story of about three people?s adventures with lions in Africa. The main one that is focused on is Caputo?s. Even though in my opinion his is the most boring of the bunch.The first story is of Colonel John Henry Patterson. He was a British army engineer in charge of building a railroad across Uganda. He was sent to over see the building of a bridge over the Tsavo River. He arrived in Tsavo in the spring of 1898. He brought with him an army of workers from India, Africa and Britain. When he got there he had no idea of the problems he was going to have. After they first started construction the camps started being terrorized by lions; man-eating lions! They would sneak into the camp at night and snatch sleeping workers from out of their tents and devour them. At first Patterson tried to detour the lions by putting up barriers. They tried putting up a form of natural barbwire to keep the lions out. This didn?t stop the attacks because lions have the ability to make a vertical leap of twelve feet. They them decided to put a ring of fire around the camp but they lions again just leaped over it. The lions in Tsavo turned out to be smarter then a Colonel expected. Patterson then decided instead of trying to detour the problem that he would put an end to the source. Patterson has already experienced in hunting tigers in India so he started to hunt the lions that were killing his men. It took Patterson about six months of tracking to finally get both of the man-eating lions that was terrorizing his camp. They lions were a little unusual though. They were males without a mane and they were extremely big both in height and weight. At the end altercation it left about 135 people and two lions dead, and the railroad construction nine months behind schedule.The next story is that of Wayne Hosek. He was a big game hunter that was in Africa for sport in the 1950?s. He was in a village near the Luangwa River when his motives were changed. He was visiting in the village when he heard of their terrible story. Like in Tsavo there was a lion going from village to village dinning on humans. Hosek was especially motivated by the story that the lions killed a woman named Jesleen. She was killed and consumed by the lion. They next day the lion came back into town, got her bag, and played with it all day. Hosek set a trap for the lion called a blind. This is where you stand behind somewhat of a cage and shoot the lion as it eats the bait. The fist attempt at this failed and almost got Hosek killed. The lion was out smarting his hunter. Finally Hosek killed the lions ending the villages torment.The last and most important story is of Caputo himself. He made two trips to Africa to try and solve the mystery surrounding the Tsavo lions....

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