By E. R. C. Davidar

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After d inner they loaded half a dozen darts, cleaned the gu n and checked its mechanism . And then they were read y fo r the hunt. IV T he next morning; fou r da ys aft er the receipt of the Chief Wi ldl ife Wa rden 's lcu er , the 'Wildlife Wa rden a nd the vete rinary doct or acco m pa nied by two men set o ut o n the hu nt. One of the men , a wildlife guard , carried the doctor's med ical bag, a nd the other, also a guard was a n ex pert trac ker belon ging to o ne of the hill tri bes residing in the sanctuary.

But the danger had passed when the predator made its kill. There would be peace for sometime. So they went back to whatever they were doing. Mohan and his father did not have to wait long to find out who the killer was . A tiger roared . "Avoo-o-a h", "Asoo-o-a h", it roared a nd roa red again. It was the most eerie and awesome sound that Mohan had ever hea rd . T he roa r ro lled ove r th e j ungle like a tida l wave swee ping all other so unds before it and sent a eold chill down Mohan's spine.

In the moonlight, trees an d sto nes cast a pattern of dark an d light patches on the forest floo r. Moh an foun d it difficul t to adjust himself to this pla y of light and shad ow. His im aginat ion worked feverishly and he fo u nd a tiger, a leop ard or a bea r lurking in every sha dow. But by the t ime he made out each shadow around the pool, the pattern changed shape with the movement of the moon , and Mohan would begin a ll over agai n. T he clo uds pa ssing across the face of the moon strained Mohan's eyes and th ey began to water.

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