I made the eight hour drive back to Kersik Tua, a village inside Kerinci National Park. As usual I missed a turn and drove a good forty-five minutes out of my way. I did get to see a rather stark example of the 'Oops!' and 'Oh shit!' principle (see below). That is what I call a bad day. To be honest I am surprised there is not a similar scene on every corner.
|Oops/Oh Shit Principle incarnate|
|My guide En looks a bit demon-like cooking by the fire. But he's not. Actually, he is quite nice.|
The next morning we moved on. Not far from the sulfur deposit we found more evidence of tiger activity along the trail. It had been on the hunt as there was the distinct evidence of a chase present in the grass along with impressions of the paw prints left by a fast moving feline. Tony had darted in and out of the bush in an attempt to capture whatever it had been stalking (a tapir from the looks of it). Although I was told the pursuit was very recent we found no evidence of a successful hunt. Tony: 0, Mr. Tapir: 1. In this area we found the tracks of three separate tigers, two of which appeared to belong to a mother and her cub. Heeeeere…kitty, kitty, kitty. Come here pretty kitty.
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