The Courage Of Animals





[Feb. 11, 1893.]



In the Spectator of December 31st, which, although a regular

subscriber to your valuable paper, I only happened to see to-day, owing

to absence from home, I notice a reference in the article entitled "The

Courage of Animals," to the fact that the wild dogs of India attack and

destroy tigers. I have no personal knowledge of the matter, but I have

been told by an Indian officer that the modus operandi of the "red

dogs" is as follows:--Having found their tiger they proceed, not to

attack him at once, as might be inferred from your article, but to

starve him until they have materially reduced his strength. Night and

day they form a cordon round the unfortunate beast, and allow him no

chance of obtaining food or rest; every time the tiger essays to break

the circle, this is widened as the pack flies before him, only to be

relentlessly narrowed again when the quarry is exhausted. After a

certain period of this treatment the tiger falls a comparatively easy

prey to his active and persevering enemies. This theory of their plan of

attack, while it may detract somewhat from the wild dogs' reputation for

courage, must add considerably to our estimate of their intelligence.



EDWARD PAUL, Jun.





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