Crouching Tigress

Savera Zachariah

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She follows his every move, watching intently. The man doesn’t know that he is in the presence of the one-eyed, man-eating tigress of Champawat. The tigress crouches, poised to pounce.

The vultures wait in the sidelines. They hope there would be some carcass left. The lions are not bothered. They are too stuffed anyway. The chimp, hiding from view, watches with glee. One less human. These mutated apes mock him all the time.

The man walks towards the tigress. The animals draw a collective gasp. He is fearless.

The taxidermist places the glass eye into the empty eye socket. He steps back to view his work, checking for imperfections. Satisfied, he walks away.

The tigress fixes the man’s retreating back with a glassy stare. Tomorrow, she will be taken to the Natural History Museum.


Savera Zachariah is a freelance writer with bylines in a few International publications. She enjoys writing flash and creative nonfiction pieces, and loves experimenting with different forms. Email: savzac[at]

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