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Tsavo Lions

"Two big man eating lions began falling on railway crews attacking the camps at night, pulling men screaming and kicking out of their tents…sending terror and chaos into the heart of this carefully orchestrated engineering operation." Bruce Patterson of the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History describes the horror that faced a team of construction workers attempting to build a bridge in eastern Africa. On December 9, 1898, after nine months, the first of two deadly lions was taken down.

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