Magazine article Insight on the News

Animal Attractions: Man-Eating Lions, Anatomy of the Kiss. (for the People)

Magazine article Insight on the News

Animal Attractions: Man-Eating Lions, Anatomy of the Kiss. (for the People)

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Two recent advances on the science front are noted in dispatches from Reuters. First, for you zoologists out there or those about to embark on an African safari, don't fall prey to the old notion that it is only geriatric and infirm lions that become grumpy enough to attack and eat humans. According to New Scientist magazine of London, fresh research has found that most man-eating lions are in fact young and healthy.

Ever since the two most infamous human-devouring lions killed and ate nearly 30 people along Kenya's Tsavo River in 1898, it's been mistakenly assumed that, because man is slow and defenseless, only aged and ill lions opt for humans as prey. Seems that, after they were hunted down, the Tsavo River lions were found to have toothaches from broken teeth. But the new findings say that lions readily will hunt and kill human beings whenever they've a mind to do, so regardless of their age or the state of their health. …

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