RAHNI OF THE HIMALAYAS

 

Photo Copyright: Al Forbes

This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–January 14, 2018. Each week the host, Al Forbes provides a picture prompt taken by himself or sent in by one of the other participants in the group of writers. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not including the title and inspired by the prompt. This week’s prompt was taken by Al himself. Thanks, Al.

To read the other stories written by group members, just click on the link below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2018/01/14/sunday-photo-fiction-january-14th-2018/

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words

RAHNI OF THE HIMALAYAS by P.S. Joshi

Rahni, a magnificent female snow leopard had cubs and herself to feed. She’d found a deep den when the birth was near but it was far from the livestock of the village where she’d previously made her home.

Two cubs survived and nursed for a time but had now become big enough for meat. A solitary animal, she was on her own.

Then she heard something different, the voices of men. Creeping close, she spied them from above.

“Sahib, when we camp tonight tie your horse near the fire. This is snow leopard territory.”

Mack Wallace was inexperienced, depending on his guide to keep him safe.

That night his mount became restless as it smelled the big cat.

By the time the guide realized it, the terrified horse had pulled loose and galloped up the path.

Rahni followed and waited for her prey to make a mistake. The fatigued animal tripped in the dark, falling heavily to the rocky ground. The feline jumped fifty feet from an overhang and landed on him. It was soon over. A stallion with a wounded leg was no match for the experienced leopard who sank her sharp fangs into his windpipe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15 thoughts on “RAHNI OF THE HIMALAYAS

    • Thanks, Keith. I’m sorry if the story upset you. I saw it as a survival story. Rahni had herself and two cubs to feed and the horse was injured. To her, he was prey to keep them alive. That’s the way nature operates. —- Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Joy. I’m glad you liked the story in the way I gave it from the predator’s viewpoint. To Rahni the horse was simply a food source plain and simple. I’m sure early humans ate horse meat. Even now I’m sure it’s eaten by people somewhere in the world. I’ve heard it’s in dog food. —- Suzanne

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      • Yes, people do eat horse meat, and I imagine they would think it’s weird that other people find it so aversive. It’s interesting how different cultures have food taboos about different animals and other ingredients.

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  1. Thanks, Jules. I’m glad you enjoyed the story. I believe the same. Some animals in the wild are natural hunters. It’s the natural way of keeping down over-population of some species. I read that after wolves were reintroduced into one area the environment improved a great deal. 🙂 — Suzanne

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