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No Beast So Fierce: The Terrifying True Story of the Champawat Tiger, the Deadliest Animal in History

Key insights from Dane Huckelbridge's

No Beast So Fierce: The Terrifying True Story of the Champawat Tiger, the Deadliest Animal in History


Key insights from Dane Huckelbridge's

No Beast So Fierce: The Terrifying True Story of the Champawat Tiger, the Deadliest Animal in History

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No one is safe when the delicate balance of nature is destroyed.

The first decade of the 20th century marked a period of horror for several Himalayan towns in Nepal and India. Lurking in the jungle, just out of sight, was a beast so terrifying that many locals refused to leave their homes for days at a time. This creature, whose ancestors had peacefully coexisted with humans for generations, was a Bengal tiger. She would go on to claim 436 human lives, but her reign of terror was not an act of nature. When man disrupts nature, it is man who pays the price.

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Our story begins with a nameless poacher and one horrible mistake.

The setting is the Kanchanpur district of Nepal at the turn of the 20th century. We don’t know the poacher’s name, but we can guess that he was young and had developed a taste for the Western pleasures smuggled across the Indian-Nepalese border. The local Tharu people took tiger hunting seriously. To them, it was a profound, solemn, and spiritual act requiring sacrifice and sanctification. But to our young poacher, tigers were no longer spiritual and respected. Instead, he saw them as sacks of gold, a way to...

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