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By Willard Price

Hal and Roger Hunt were despatched on a terrifying project -- they need to store the inhabitants of Mtito Andei from a man-eating lion. however the 'King of the Beasts' isn't the one factor attempting to kill the boys... Have the brothers bitten off greater than they could chunk this time?

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Then a superb paw, extra robust than any baseball bat, the paw that may knock a zebra useless with one slap, struck the barrel and bent it right into a V. If Hal had fired at that fast, the gun may have exploded, killing all 3, and that may were the tip of the tale. He took his finger off the set off. because the lion lunged for him, jaws agape, he jammed the bent barrel down the beast’s throat. The lion fell over and clawed on the gun together with his hind paws. He rolled approximately at the flooring. He rid himself of the gun barrel yet he bought whatever else. Ants. He stood up and shook himself. He bit at his flanks and pawed his ears and throat. He dashed in regards to the boma. He had forgotten the lads. The ants that had tortured them speedily left them to assault their new sufferer. They have been huge for ants, nearly an inch lengthy, and had jaws like pincers. Attacking by means of the hundreds of thousands, they can strip an animal to the bone. They entered the throat, the eyes, the ears. one of many smallest of creatures used to be conquering the king of beasts. The lion leaped out of the boma and dived into the darkish. They heard him plunge right into a near-by water-hole. Roger picked up the torch they usually regarded themselves over. Their faces, palms, outfits, have been smeared with blood. yet they couldn’t locate the place the blood got here from. that they had many scratches, yet none deep adequate to provide all this gore. Hal breathed a sigh of aid. ‘It’s the lion’s blood, now not ours. i presumed I ignored, yet i need to have creased his cranium. ’ ‘Well, let’s get out of here,’ stated Roger. ‘I’ve had adequate for this night. ’ ‘You understand greater than that. ’ Roger did be aware of greater. He knew that once a hunter wounds a wild animal he needs to persist with it and end it off. He knew badly damage animal can't be allowed to move free. It has to be tracked down and positioned out of its soreness. there's one more reason. A savage beast after being wounded is much extra savage than ahead of. it's going to revenge itself upon the 1st individual it will possibly locate. ‘We’ll cross after it within the morning,’ Roger acknowledged. ‘We’ll cross after it now. it may be fifty miles away by means of morning. ’ ‘But your gun is busted. ’ ‘We nonetheless have the spear. Come alongside. yet first, these scratches. ’ He took a tube of penicillin out of his bush jacket pocket. ‘Why idiot with them now? they aren't undesirable. ’ ‘Just a bit scratch from a lion’s claw may perhaps kill you. Blood poisoning. Lions don’t nail trimming their nails. they're relatively lovely fresh animals - lick themselves in all places similar to a cat. yet they can’t get lower than the nails. Scraps of meat get lower than them and decay and develop into toxic. One fellow I knew who obtained a mild scratch from a lion’s claw spent the subsequent six months within the clinic. He was once fortunate. He lived. ’ Hal rubbed a bit of the ointment into Roger’s scratches, then into his personal. ‘That should do it. Let’s cross. ’ ‘How concerning the different lions? ’ Roger acknowledged. He picked up the torch and performed it at the goat, or where the place the goat have been. It was once long past, and so have been the lions. ‘Good,’ he stated. ‘We don’t need to fear approximately them. ’ ‘We can’t determine of that.

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