A person has long been hunting for animals, not assuming that sometimes he can become prey. Meanwhile, for many large predators, we are no different from other animals, we can also kill and eat. But in history there are real animal-cannibals. For them, man is the most delicious prey. Such animals are very rare, but eyewitness accounts of them cause real horror.
Lions of Nyombe.
Stories of lions attacking humans are not so rare. The most famous such case occurred in 1932 in Tanzania, near the city of Nyombi. There appeared a whole flock of man-eating lions. As a result, many people became victims of them. Legends say that this dangerous pride was previously controlled by the shaman of one of the local tribes. As soon as he was removed from his place, he began to take revenge on his fellow tribesmen. As a result of the attack of predators, the unfortunate Africans were so intimidated that they even feared it.
People thought that some mention of cannibals would immediately call them. The frightened residents asked the head of the tribe to return the former shaman back, but he was inexorable. And the lions continued their hunt for people. As a result, more than 1,500 people were killed. The famous hunter George Rushby volunteered to solve the problem. He managed to kill 15 lions, and the rest after that left from these lands. So it was finished with a series of murders. True, local residents believed that everything happened due to the same shaman, who still returned his former place.
Under this name a huge American crocodile entered the history. He literally bombed the swamps of Florida and Alabama in the twenties of last century. Tom became a local legend. As a result, the myths about him were messed up with the truth. Precisely already it is impossible to understand what was really, and what was invented later. Precisely, we can say that there were only two claws on the left paw of the alligator. Thanks to this, he left characteristic traces in the mud. This served as an excuse to call him “Two-fingered Tom”.
The body length of the crocodile killer was 4.5 meters. The locals believed that it was not an ordinary alligator, but a demon sent from hell. Otherwise, the reason for such terror could not be explained. The bad reputation of Tom is based on his constant attacks on animals. From him suffered mules and cows. And most importantly, he fell in love with people. Most often, from the claws and teeth of a predator, women suffered washing clothes in the river. Farmers announced a hunt for an alligator, only that bullets did not cause him any harm. So attempts to kill Tom failed. Local residents even decided to get rid of the predator with the help of dynamite. The most adventurous hunter tracked a crocodile for twenty years. In the end, as it seemed to him, the farmer found the very pond where the crocodile was hiding. There were dropped as many as 15 buckets of explosives. This was to finally solve the problem.
A terrible explosion destroyed all life in the pond. Only Tom was still alive. After a few seconds, the farmer and his son heard water splashes and terrible screams. They rushed to the sound. Their eyes were faced with a terrible picture – the farmer’s daughter was half eaten by a predator, and he managed to show his glowing eyes before diving into the water. It is not known whether this story actually happened, but the fact that Tom existed is a fact. He really terrorized the swamps of the two states for many years. Local residents said that they saw a huge alligator on the shore of lakes, heard its powerful roar. The fact that it really was Two-toed Tom, indicate his characteristic traces on the sand and mud. They say that even in the eighties people found traces of an alligator with two claws in those marshes where the famous murderer lived in the twenties. And all attempts to catch him and kill him never succeeded so successfully.
People are sometimes afraid of large animals, but they do not suspect that the threat can even come from small creatures.So, in Japan, the most terrible representative of the animal world is not some huge predator, but an insect. It’s a Japanese huge hornet. From its bites in the country each year kills about 40 people. But from the big and strong predators stands out a brown bear. There are also a lot of bloody stories connected with him. The most famous of them is the bears’ attacks on people in 1915. It happened in the village of Sankebetsu, which is in Hokkaido. Then it was a settlement created by pioneers.
Among the vast empty areas, the village was lost, in which only a few people lived. Owners of these lands were brown bears. Especially stood out among them a huge male, nicknamed the inhabitants of Kesagake. He constantly came to the village to eat corn grown by local people. People did not like this and once two hunters shot a bear. The wounded beast fled to the mountains. Residents decided that after this brown bears will stop visiting the village and ruin the nearest fields. However, people were cruelly mistaken.
On December 9, 1915, the bear of Kesagake again visited the village. This time he immediately broke into the house of Ota’s family. At that time there was only a woman with a small child. A huge enraged animal killed him and chased his mother. She tried to somehow fight off the predator. She threw into that burning log from the hearth, but the bear did not stop it – he dragged the unfortunate into the forest. When the residents came into the house, they saw that all the walls and floor were covered with blood. Thirty people were chasing the bear-killer. They were determined to kill the beast and find the remains of their fellow tribesmen. However, after discovering the bear, the hunters could not kill it. The bear was again wounded, and again ran away.
A little later, the bear returned to the ruined house. Then the hunters went in pursuit of him. It turned out that this was a cunning maneuver of the beast. After all, now other houses have remained unprotected. The bear broke into the house of the Mioke family and attacked the people who were there. Some managed to escape, but two children and a pregnant woman became victims of the predator. For two days a bloodthirsty bear killed six people. The villagers were so scared that some men even evaded the perimeter protection. Everyone was hiding in their homes.
One known hunter for bears became aware of this incident. He recognized in Kesagak the most famous cannibal who had attacked people before. At first, the hunter refused to hunt for the monster, but later he was persuaded. He, along with the locals, took to the capture of the beast and on December 14, Kesagake was killed. It turned out that the bear’s height was 3 meters, and its weight was about 380 kilograms. In the stomach of the beast, the remains of people were found. However, even after his death, Kesagake took revenge on people. Some of the villagers, who survived after meeting with the beast, later died from the injuries. People left the accursed village of Sankbetsu, which was abandoned.
Shark from New Jersey.
In 1916, little was known about sharks. Dangers from them, no one expected, because some scientists seriously argued that these predators are safe for humans. That story took place off the coast of New Jersey. Charles Vincent swam in shallow water when suddenly a shark attacked him. Several people became witnesses of this incident, including a man’s family. People rushed to help Vansent, among others there was a special rescuer. However, the shark was very persistent, she pursued the victim and his rescuer almost to the shore. It turned out that the teeth of the predator damaged the femoral artery of Charles, his leg was almost torn off. The victim was bleeding, even before the arrival of medical assistance.
However, the shark continued its attacks on people. Five days later the local resident Charles Brooder swam immediately, climbing far from the shore. Eyewitnesses say that they saw something resembling an overturned red canoe. But it was a huge blood stain.The swimmer shook both legs. Charles managed to pull ashore, but by that time he had already died from blood loss.
очевид For several days in the coastal waters near New Jersey, eyewitnesses have observed eyewitnesses. However, scientists said that in these attacks they were not to blame, but some killer whales. Among the possible culprits were even sea turtles. The next attack of sharks was no longer in the sea, but a small bay near the city of Matavan. As in previous cases, the locals again saw the shark in the water, but did not pay attention to it. On July 12, an eleven-year-old boy, swimming in the sea, became another victim of a cannibal predator. Several people rushed to the water to help the unfortunate. Among them was Stanley Fisher. He dived into the ocean, becoming the next victim of a shark. Soon, Fischer died of his injuries. Half an hour after these tragic events, a shark killed another young boy. This was her last human sacrifice.
On July 14, near the Gulf of Matavan, in the Bay of Raritan, fishermen caught a large white shark. In her stomach were found the remains of a man. Since then, white sharks have gained a reputation as cannibals. All the newspapers of America have printed about those terrible events. A series of shark attacks on people was called the most brutal in the history of the country. Those cases later inspired writer Peter Benchley to create the famous novel “Jaws.” Later on his motivation Steven Spielberg shot a famous scary movie.
A bear from Mysore.
In the jungles of India, you can meet many dangerous animals. But the most terrible of all here is a bear-sponge. Every year these predators attack people. In this case, the animals of their victims after the murder almost do not eat. In fact, this species of bears rarely feed on meat. The basis of their food is fruits, honey and termites. But one of the representatives of this species received special fame, because he began to hunt people. According to the legend of the Hindus, this bear began to take revenge on the person for the death of his cubs. But experts put forward a simpler version. They believe that the bear just once wounded people, so he began to aggressively behave towards them.
A total of more than 30 residents of Mysore have suffered from the clutches of the bear-killer. The predator followed the usual tactics for himself – he tore the face of the victim with claws and fangs. Even those who survived after the encounter with the bear were forever disfigured. The result of that series of attacks was 12 victims. In this case, three people bear at all, which is quite unusual for this species. But over time, a terrible predator was killed by Kenneth Anderson, the famous bears hunter. Three previous round-ups on the killer, arranged by the authorities, were unsuccessful.
The Zhevodan beast.
This beast-eater is not only one of the most famous, it is also the most mysterious of all. This monster literally sealed the province of Zhevodan in France from 1764 to 1767. It was said that this beast is just a huge wolf. However, to really determine the species of this animal was never succeeded. A few eyewitnesses described that the monster was much larger than the usual wolf. It was distinguished by a reddish shade of wool and a disgusting smell. The fangs of the beast were much larger than that of a common wolf.
The first victim of the cannibal was a little girl in 1764. After that, the beast began to behave strangely. Most likely he temporarily switched to wild and domestic animals. However, soon the beast again began to attack people. In all, 210 people were victims. 112 of them died, and the rest remained forever crippled. The attacks were so frequent and so violent that the locals began to regard the monster as a demon sent by God to earth as punishment for human sins. There were rumors that the Zheludvan beast was actually a werewolf.
Today the popular view is that this animal was just a big wolf.His descriptions correspond, in general, to the traits of European wolves who lived in France and studied them well in those years. There are opinions that the predator, intimidated by Jevodan, could in fact be a hyena that escaped from the zoo. It is generally accepted that these animals are cowardly, but in reality they are very powerful predators. In Africa and Asia, it is not uncommon for hyenas to attack people. Like the Zhevodan beast, these animals have large fangs, and they are accompanied by an unpleasant odor. And hyenas look bigger and stronger than ordinary wolves. According to the legends of that time in 1767, a monster from Zhevodan was killed by hunter Jean Shastel. For this he used bullets of silver.
Devilish Kenyan lions.
In 1898, England began building a railway bridge across the Kenyan River of Tsavo. Apparently, nature did not like this. After all, the next nine months have become a nightmare for workers and builders. They turned into targets for two lion killers. At the same time predators had unusually large dimensions, they were more than three meters long. Like other local lions, these also did not have manes. At first the lions began to attack at night and carry people to the thicket to eat there. But soon the cannibals finally emboldened – they began to eat their victims right next to their tents.
These two lions were so insidious, ferocious and huge that the locals immediately found them demons. Allegedly they decided to drive out the British invaders from here. The construction of the bridge was stalled, because the workers were fleeing hundreds from the camp. As a result, the work finally stood up, no one wanted to become another victim of devilish lions.
John Henry Patterson was the main interested in solving this problem. After all, it was he who was responsible for the erection of the bridge. In December 1898, he killed the first lion, and a couple of weeks later he shot the second one. At that time, 140 people became victims of cannibals. Patterson even found a den where the beasts hid. Their cave was on the bank of the Tsavo River. There were found the remains of many predator victims, parts of clothes and shoes. This cave has survived until now. The remains are no longer there, although locals say that human bones can still be found in the old lair. And the remains of two famous tiger-killers are exhibited today in the museum of Chicago. At present, the Kenyan authorities have announced their intention to build a museum dedicated to those predators and their victims.
Although the leopard is the smallest representative of predatory large cats, the beast does not become less dangerous from this fact. After all, the leopard is one of the most ancient predators. The marks from his bites scientists found on the fossilized bones of fossil people. These animals hunted us three million years ago. Although for a leopard man is a species of prey, few of these animals prefer to eat human flesh.
The most cruel, and therefore the most famous, was Panar leopard-eater. He lived in India, in the Kumaon district at the very beginning of the last century. The attacks of the dangerous beast were most affected by the inhabitants of the province of Panar. There the leopard killed more than 500 people. It is believed that the cause of this aggression was the wound inflicted on the animal by one of the hunters. After this, the leopard could no longer, as before, hunt wild animals. So he chose himself to survive, new victims – people. In 1910, that leopard was shot by the famous hunter Jim Corbett.
This beast began to terrorize the Nepal region near the Himalayas at the end of the 19th century. As a result, the tigress has become one of the most brutal cannibals ever recorded. Dozens of people disappeared in the jungle. There were women and children among them. Attacks have become so frequent and violent that locals have traditionally found the animal a demon, and its appearance is the punishment of the gods. It turned out that the culprit of a series of attacks on people was the Bengal tigress. Once the hunter wounded her, and the bullet broke her two fangs.Since then, she could no longer hunt wild animals, but to attack people and eat their tigress was to the liking.
For a short time, a tigress killed more than 200 people. To catch her in the jungle, the hunters were repeatedly sent. However, the predator was very insidious and skillfully hid from people. To finally solve this problem, the Nepalese authorities called on the army to help. After the capture of the Zhivodonsky beast, this story became the second when the army required the killing of a dangerous animal. But even the soldiers were not able to catch the cannibal. True, the tigress still left the inhabited territory. Fleeing from the hunters, she crossed the border with India and settled in the Shampawat region. There she continued to hunt people. With each case, the killing of the animal became more and more fearless and cruel. The beast began to attack people even during the day. Entire villages were deserted – people were afraid even to work out of the house.
The end of the chain of murders put all the same hunter Jim Corbett. In 1911 he managed to track down and kill a bloodthirsty tigress. The hunter went on the bloody trail left by the last victim of the predator, a little girl. The locals were so happy about getting rid of the cannibal that they immediately proclaimed the Englishman a saint. At that time, 436 people were victims of the Shampavat tigress. The animal could kill far more people than the most brutal serial killer. But there were also cases that were not officially reported.
All the ogre predators mentioned are already dead long ago, and their atrocities are only part of history. But this monster is still alive. A terrible cannibal predator lives in the African country of Burundi. This Nile crocodile in length reaches six meters, and weighs a ton. According to the authorities, as well as French researcher Patrice Faye, who had been searching for this monster for several years, the animal had already killed more than 300 people. The crocodile became legendary in the local parts, it was nicknamed Gustav.
Local residents say that Gustav kills people not for food. Its main goal is entertainment. After all, a crocodile can kill several people at a time, and then disappear for months. As a result, no one can predict when an ogre will return and attack a person again. It is believed that the crocodile monstrous appetite. According to rumors he once killed and ate a whole hippopotamus.
The crocodile’s skin is covered with numerous scars from knives, spades and even firearms. On the forehead of Gustav there is a dark spot. This is a trace from a bullet wound that could stop the animal’s excesses. In the search and capture of it involved many hunters and even soldiers. However, all efforts are still unsuccessful. Faye himself was trying to catch a crocodile. For this, he made an underwater trap. But according to the Frenchman, Gustave was just floating around, as if mockingly glancing at his possible kidnappers.
They say that the crocodile is more than 60 years old. Probably, he is already very experienced and clever to succumb to tricks. If Gustav does not stop, then he can beat the record among the cannibalistic animals. Faye himself hopes to catch the crocodile and keep him alive. After all, he can become a breeding producer, improving the population of the Nile crocodile. In the national park of Burundi has already erected aviary for the most famous predator-eater of our time.