Infamous Man-Eaters of Tsavo Ate Like Zoo Animals

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The man-eaters of Tsavo, two lions that killed railroad workers in Kenya more than a century ago, have inspired legends, movies and a lot of research papers trying to explain what drove the big cats to prey on humans (a rare menu choice for Panthera leo). A study out today finds that, in one crucial way, the infamous killers were a lot like — surprise — zoo animals.

For years, the true story of the man-eaters of Tsavo has been embellished and exaggerated, most recently in the 1996 movie T

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