Tigress from Champawat
It is well known today that the Bengali tigers are, to put it mildly, not very friendly towards people. Some, however, are so ruthless that their actions freeze the blood in veins. One of such individuals was a tiger inhabiting the Nepalese region near the Himalayas. The female tiger killed men, women and children – anyone she met in the jungle. The attacks were so frequent and cruel that people there began to talk about the demon’s attacks and even God’s punishment.
During the bloody activity of the tiger, many hunters tried to shoot it. The female, however, turned out to be so crafty that it was rare to meet her. The Nepalese Government has meddled in the matter. The situation was so serious that it required the intervention of the army. However, even trained soldiers were not able to track down the predator. The tiger, on the other hand, was forced to change its territory. She crossed the Indian border and moved to Champawat, where she continued hunting for people. She was said to have become more fearless with every person killed.
Her audacity reached enormous proportions – at one point she began attacking in the middle of the day and throwing near human buildings. The villagers were so terrified that they were afraid to leave their homes to work. It is said that a loud roar of the tiger was coming from the forest, waiting for the next prey, although as we know tigers are rarely roaring, unlike the lions. For the sake of accuracy, tigers can roar, but they do it rarely and their roar is not as loud as a roar of lion, which can be heard from a distance of many kilometers.
Jim Corbett – tamer of tigress from Champawat
In the end, there was a man ready to annihilate the dangerous cat. This man turned out to be Jim Corbett (who later became one of the first great advocates in the fight for the protection of tigers …). The hunter found a tiger thanks to traces of blood and the limbs of a girl scattered in the forest. He later recalled that he was terrified by that view. Corbett shot the female in 1907
The local people were so grateful to him that he was called a sadhu – a holy man.
The reason for hunting people
However, the tiger must be given some justice. Her attacks on people probably resulted from the lack of fangs. She lost them when she was shot by a hunter. She managed to avoid death, but without sharp fangs and sore, she was unable to hunt for her typical prey. A man was simply an easy victim for her – he was neither too strong nor too fast. So the tigress received the nickname “adamkhor” – the man-eater.
Number of victims
The estimated number of people killed by the tiger was 436, although probably many of those missing were not reported, so the figure may be higher.
- The story of the man-eater tigress from Champawat is one of the most famous and bloodiest in history. The female tiger killed more people than any serial killer.
- It is said that only one serial killer can compete with the tiger Champawat – this is the infamous Hungarian countess Elizabeth Báthory… This is the most famous serial killer who, “funny”, is called the “Tigress of Csejte” or “vampire” from Transylvania.
- The attacks of the tigress from Champawat have been listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the highest number people killed by the tiger.