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Crawford’s “explosive” – and prophetic – headline covered the October 28, 1962 issue of the National Enquirer.
So here’s the story thus far. A bunch of guys went into Mount Leuser National Park on Sumatra Island to find a rare type of wood that’s used to make incense. They got hungry and set up a deer trap to catch some food. They ACCIDENTALLY caught and killed a baby tiger instead. WHOOPS. Don’t you hate when that happens? The nearby pack of tigers the cub belonged to WENT BESERK and ATE one of the guys and chased the remaining five men up a tree, where they remained for five whole days. For FIVE WHOLE DAYS they tigers prowled around the tree, ready to EAT UP any one of the men who tried to escape. And nobody could save them because the nearest town that had tranquilizer darts was, like, A MILLION MILES AWAY. So for five whole days, the world waited with bated breath to see if the men were going to survive their ordeal à la the Chilean miners or perish tragically à la the Russian submariners. FINALLY, are you ready for this, a holy man uttering a special chant succeeded in calming down the snarling tigers and rescuing the men. From The Daily Mail: “As the holy man uttered his mantra – a mind-calming chant that originates in ancient India – the tigers turned tail and slipped back into the Indonesian jungle, allowing the desperate men to come down from their precarious perch in the branches.” So, um, all’s well that ends well? NOT SO FAST. Something about this story is doesn’t sit right with me. Now, I’m no tiger authority, but I’ve seen both the Disney and the Sabu versions of The Jungle Book, and I’m pretty sure that tigers don’t run in packs, amiright? I’m also pretty sure that tigers can climb trees. That’s, like, Bugs Bunny 101. ALSO, they were up there for five days, don’t people usually die of dehydration after three days? What’s up with that? And do you mean to tell me that the world is really still so big that it takes more than FIVE DAYS for rescue crews to get ANYWHERE? And don’t get me started on the holy man and his mantra. What a bunch of hooey. I think the whole incident was dreamed up by some villagers hoping to snag a two-picture deal with DreamWorks. And I think the men were really tiger poachers, and it serves them right. (via Daily Mail, BBC, and CNN)