Moustaches and Man-Eaters

If ever you should find yourself in a situation where you need to hunt down some sort of man-eating beast, I highly recommend beginning said task by growing a moustache.  Observe:

John Henry Patterson

Perhaps the most well-known of our moustached men is Patterson who killed the infamous Man-Eaters of Tsavo.  I’m in the process of re-reading his tales and am thoroughly enjoying it.  But, honestly, the only reason he is so well known is because he was portrayed by Val Kilmer in  the Hollywood version of  his story in The Ghost and the Darkness (it’s on NetFlix; it’s worth checking out… remembering, of course, that this is a movie about man-eating lions).


Jim Corbett:

My favourite moustachioed hunter of man-eaters is Jim Corbett.  Unlike the good Mr. Patterson above who killed the Tsavo lions out of dire necessity and, otherwise, was more of a typically colonial trophy hunter, Jim Corbett was a true conservationist-hunter.  In fact, after retiring from the hunting-man-eaters business he dedicated his life to conservation, awareness, and photography.  In India there is still a national park named after him.  He is reported to have killed no fewer than 33 man-eating jungle cats (tigers/leopards).  I have read several of his books and highly recommend them!

Kenneth Anderson:

Honestly, I don’t know much about Anderson.  His confirmed tally is 15 man-eating jungle cats and, like Corbett, apparently became quite the activist for conservationism.  All I really know is that this is a pretty darned cool picture of him!

So, let that be a lesson to you all, if you are going to have even a ghost of a chance against vicious, man-eating animals, do yourself a favour and  start with a moustache!