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But he dared not do any of these things for fear of frightening the animals away. He loo ked with admiration a nd envy at his fat her, who sat still like a statue. He had heard him tal k of peo ple who could spend hours on end on a machan without stirring, ,7 even if nothing came to relieve the monotony. Mohan considered himself lucky to witness some excitingjungle dramas which few are privi leged to see, and yet he was restless . He wished he could sit still like his fat her, without discomfort.
It was im portant that the right d ose of the drug was packed into each dart for t he particular animal one was after. Too strong a dose could kill the animal and a weak one would ha ve no effect . D r Ram esh was quite kno wledgea ble whe re chemicals were co ncerned. He and Chandran studied manuals on drugs a nd with the experience gained fro m ex peri ments on ot her a nimals wor ked out 'the right mixture and dosage. For an a nimal the size of the cross tusker the do se had to be strong and highl y concentrated .
The elephant was feeding on the grass . The Wild life -Wa rden tested the wind , as he had been testing it right fro m the sta rt of the hunt to make sure that it was not carrying his scent to the tusker. Th is he did by crushing a handful of dead leaves and throwing them up in the a ir and watching the direction of their fall . atisfied that the killer was not aware of his presence, he sat behind a tree at the edge of the meadow and waited for the animal to move out to a favourable position . But the elephant showed no signs of moving.