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When they neared the pool they rushed to the water's edge and drank thirstily. Every now and then they would squirt water over themselves. Soon they were all wet and glistening in the moonlight, which made them seem bigger than they actually were . After drinking, some of the older elephants sprayed themselves with mud 61 that they had churned up with the ir teet. Uthers had du st baths by kicking up earth with t heir feet and throwing it over themselves. What is t he use of having a bath at all, if they are going to get dirty so soon this wa y, thought Mohan.
On the pool's surface the moon looked like a shiny silve r barge making its way across the waters at a leisurely pace . This picture would break up into a th ousand pieces whenever a fish or a frog jumped, and reassemble again when th e wat er was still. In the moonlight, trees an d sto nes cast a pattern of dark an d light patches on the forest floo r. Moh an foun d it difficul t to adjust himself to this pla y of light and shad ow. His im aginat ion worked feverishly and he fo u nd a tiger, a leop ard or a bea r lurking in every sha dow.
He got up and checked his stun gun. His only ho pe lay in concealment. As the gun did not make much noise , he hoped that he could lie hidden after firing the shot, until the drug took effect. Chandran stalked his quarry as silently as a tiger would a deer, taki ng as much ad vantage a s possible of the meagre cover-a bush here and adepression there. The closer he got to the killer the riskier it became. He could hear his heart go thump, thump, and wondered if he would be able to hold his gun steady.
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