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FIGHT BETWEEN A TIER AND A BOAR

♦ Among the many stories of adventure which Mr logUi tells m bU " Tent Life la Tiger L»nd," one of the most lntereating it that m which he deaorlbas • pitohed battle between • tiger and a boar, which be watched from a hiding hale new a pool, where the wild beasts came to water. When the boar taw the tiger the letter roared. "Bat," says Mr ..Inglia, "the old boar did not seem to mind tbe roar io very noooh as might have been anticipated. He aotually repotted hla " boo, boo 1" only m a, if poastble, more aggreialve, Intuiting, and defiant manner. Nay, more, tuoh wm bit temeiity that be ■otually advanced with a abort, sharp rash In the direction of tbe striped intruder. Intently peering through tbe indiitlnct light, we eagerly wathed tbe develop•sent of thla a range rencontre. The tiger wm now orouobing low, crawling stealthily round and ronnd tbe boar» who changed front with every movement of hla hthe and sinewy adversary, keeping his determined head and aharp deadly tusks ever facing hia atealthy sad treacheroaa foe. The brlstlee of the boar's baok were np at right angle from tbe strong spine. Tbe wedged-abaped bead, poited on the strong neck and thick rampart of nraionlar ahoulder, was bent low, and the whole attitude of tbe body betokened foil alertneai and angry reaolnteseaa. In their oirollnga the two brutes were now nearer each other and nearer to as, and thus we oonld mark every movement with greater precision. Tbe tiger we* now growling and abowlng hla teeth ; jund »H thle, that takea anoh a time to tell eraa but the work of a few ahoit mlnntea. Cionobiag now ■till lower, till be seemed •Imoit flit on tbe ground, and gathering hla alnewy limba beneath hie lithe, lean body, he anddenly atarted the atillneaa with a load roar, and quick aa lightning •prang npon the boar. For a" brief mlnnta the atruggle waa thrilling In its Interne excitement. With one dexterona •weep of tbe strong ready paw, tbe tiger fe'ehed the boar a terrific alap right across the jaw. which made the atrong beaat reel ; bat with a hoarse grant of reaolote dafiinoe, with two or three short, aharp digs of tbe atrong brad md neok, and awlft enttlog blowa of tbe or ael gashing tasks he teemed to make a hole or two m the tlger'a ooat, marking It with more atripes than Natnre bad ever painted there { and presently both combatants were atreaming with gore* The tremendous buffet of the ■harp clawa had torn flesh and akin •way from tff tbe boar'a oheek mid forehead, leaving a great ugly flan hanging over bis face and half bunding him. The pig was now on his mettle* With another hoarse grant he made straight for the tiger, who very dexterously eluded the oharge, 'and, light and quick as a cat after a monse, doubled almost on itself, and alighted clean on the boar's back, inserting bis teeth above the •boulders, tearing with his clawis and biting ont g eat montbfala of flesh from tbe quivering earciss of bis maddened antagonist. He seemed no mto be having all the belt of it ; bo much co that the boar discreetly stumbled and fell forward, whether by accident or design 1 know not, bat the effort was to bring tbe tiger clean over his bead, sprawling clumsily oi tbe groaod. I almost shouted : " Aha, now you have got him V tor the tables were tamed. Gett'ng bis fore feet on the tiger's prostrate carcase, the boar now gave two or three short, ripping gasbeß with the strong, white tasks, almost disembowelling bis foe, and theo, exhausted eeemingly by the effort, apparently giddy and sick, he staggered aside acd lay down panting and champing his tusks, but still defiant, with his head to the foe. But tbe f'ger, too, was sick — yea, sick unto death. - The blood-lettiog had been too muoh for him tnd now thinking that it waa time for the inter ference or: a third party, I let the two mutU'lly disabled combatants hare the contents of both my barrels, and we had (he satisfaction presently of aeeing the struggling limba grow still, snd knew tfiiUwtb wwe ouji,']

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FIGHT BETWEEN A TIER AND A BOAR, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2044, 23 January 1889

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FIGHT BETWEEN A TIER AND A BOAR Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2044, 23 January 1889

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