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By Dan Beard

The Den of Wild Beasts-A Jungle Game

There is no "It" in this game or it might be said that all are "It."

Each player represents some wild and ferocious animal, and each one chooses a convenient tree, post, or stone for his particular den. All then make a terrible noise, the lion roars, the panther screams, and the wolf howls as a signal for the game to commence.

The most venturesome and alert lad leaves his den. Keeping a close watch upon his neighbors he dances around to entice them from their dens and soon succeeds in drawing a crowd to the center of the field.

The fun then begins. No animal can be captured while at its own den, and no animal can be captured while bringing home a captive. Any animal which leaves its den last may capture any one of those already in the field. If the lion is away from his den and the tiger is not, the tiger may leave his den and give chase to the lion, and if the wolf from his den sees them, he may give chase to one or both. But if the lion in the meantime touches his own den he may start out in pursuit of both tiger and wolf.

It often happens that all the animals are in the field at The same time. Captures are made by tag or touches with the hand. The animal deserts his former den and joins with his captor in pursuit of the others. Often one den will contain a lot of animals, and a few moments later it will be cleaned out by the skill and dexterity of some wolf, panther or lynx. The game ends only when all the animals are collected in one den and there are none left to capture.

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