Pellucidar

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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turning the lidi back toward me, or at least
Raja was. Just why the female was keeping out of it I did not
understand, unless it was that she was not entirely clear in her own
mind as to precisely what her mate was attempting.

At any rate, I was sufficiently convinced to stop where I was and await
developments, for I could readily realize two things. One was that I
could never overhaul them before the damage was done if they should
pull the lidi down now. The other thing was that if they did not pull
it down for a few minutes it would have completed its circle and
returned close to where I stood.

And this is just what happened. The lot of them were almost swallowed
up in the twilight for a moment. Then they reappeared again, but this
time far to the right and circling back in my general direction. I
waited until I could get some clear idea of the right spot to gain that
I might intercept the lidi; but even as I waited I saw the beast
attempt to turn still more to the right--a move that would have carried
him far to my left in a much more circumscribed circle than the
hyaenodons had mapped out for him. Then I saw the female leap forward
and head him; and when he would have gone too far to the left, Raja
sprang, snapping at his shoulder and held him straight.

Straight for me the two savage beasts were driving their quarry! It
was wonderful.

It was something else, too, as I realized while the monstrous beast
neared me. It was like standing in the middle of the tracks in front
of an approaching express-train. But I didn't dare waver; too much
depended upon my meeting that hurtling mass of terrified flesh with a
well-placed javelin. So I stood there, waiting to be run down and
crushed by those gigantic feet, but determined to drive home my weapon
in the broad breast before I fell.

The lidi was only about a hundred yards from me when Raja gave a few
barks in a tone that differed materially from his hunting-cry.
Instantly both he and his mate leaped for the long neck of the ruminant.

Neither missed. Swinging in mid-air, they hung tenaciously, their
weight dragging down the creature's head and so retarding its speed
that before it had reached me it was almost stopped and devoting all
its energies to attempting to scrape off its attackers

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