Thursday, June 23, 2005

Cat Got Your Tongue?

In perhaps one of the greatest upsets of all time, a 73 year-old Kenyan man defeated a leopard in a hand-to-paw death match. It took a little while for this remarkable story to leak out of Africa, but by this afternoon, the legend of Daniel M'Mburugu had spread even to PTI (the Banshee's favorite television show).

Earlier this month, M'Mburugu, a 73 year-old Kenyan grandfather, was peacefully tending to his crop of beans and potatoes. Then all of a sudden, M'Mburugu was knocked to the ground by a pouncing leopard. M'Mburugu said, "It [the leopard] let out a blood-curdling snarl that made the birds stop chirping."

But, that was the last snarl the world would ever hear from this leopard.

M'Mburugu had a machete in his hand when the leopard attacked, but the elderly farmer voluntarily dropped the weapon to free himself up for hand-to-paw combat. "A voice, which must have come from God, whispered to me to drop the panga (machete) and thrust my hand in its wide open mouth. I obeyed," M'Mburugu said.

In a truly gutsy move, the old man reached into the leopard's deadly mouth and yanked out the animal's tongue. The leopard was already in the throes of death when neighbor who had heard the raucus came by to finish the beast off with his machete.

So, ruffians of Nairobi be warned: Do not mess with Daniel M'Mburugu.