Early on May 19th, 2004 the forest department had received a message about a tiger, which had killed two cows near Tamuli Pathar village which is close to the boundary of Kaziranga National Park. A joint team of the Assam forest department, police, army, and the Wildlife Trust of India (an NGO) was soon combing the area with five elephants to locate the tiger. The tigress was spotted near the village, and on seeing the team she moved into a nearby paddy field. Range Officer Dharanidhar Bodo, Dr. Chaudhary along with a guard were riding the elephant, Joymala, driven by the mahout Pegu. As they moved towards the tigress, she did a mock charge. Two blanks were then fired in the air, which made her move to another field. The team followed her and when they got a clear view of her, Bodo shot at her with the dart gun. The dart missed the tigress who was so enraged by this action that she charged and took a flying leap on to the elephant's head (an adult elephant's head is at least 12 feet above the ground ). To defend himself the mahout Pegu threw the metal ankush at the tigress. The ankush missed the tigress who managed to take a swipe at Pegu. As the elephant at the same time had stepped back, the tigress could not land on the elephant's head and fell to the ground. At the same time, in the ensuing confusion both Bodo and the guard fell down. Joymala quickly pinned down the tigress with her fore foot and her trunk. For half a minute the tigress was pinned down, all the time roaring. A second attempt was made at this stage to dart her but this attempt also failed. The tigress finally made her escape. It is only because of Joymala's action that Bodo and the guard escaped being mauled. The mahout Pegu was badly lacerated and lost three fingers on his left hand.
Billions of years ago, an alien race known as the Progenitors began the genetically engineered techniques by which non-intelligent creatures are given intelligence by one of the higher races in the galaxy. Once "Uplifted," these creature must serve their patron race before they, in turn, can Uplift other races. Human intelligence, which developed by itself (and brought about the Uplifting of chimpanzees and dolphins), is an affront to the aliens who plan an attack, threatening a human experiment aimed at producing the next Uplift.
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