Poaching End

Jaibala/ August 9, 2014/ Short Stories/ 10 comments



His was a meticulous plan; he had tracked out their movements, and knew that they would take this path. He dug a big muddy hole right in the middle, of the small path, and camouflaged it well. He waited for twilight, knowing that the minute his prey came this way, at least one of them would fall in.


The Forest Officials had been hoodwinked easily by him. They thought he was some film maker who had come there to capture the elephant’s life. They had made him sign some non Risk agreement that said they were not responsible for anything that happened to him. He had scoffed while signing the documents.

Soon it was evening and the elephants came by and walked passed.  He waited for one of them to fall in, imagining all the money he would get by getting ivory from even one of these giant animals. He had managed to sneak some people in and they were ready to collect the loot at his signal.


When not even one animal got trapped, Stephen went to check on his ditch and in a vicious game of fate he fell into it. As he waited for rescue to come he wondered whether his poaching career would come to an end with his liberation.


About Jaibala

Academically a Microbiologist, I am a Web Columnist for popular magazines and websites, Freelance Writer and a Blogger. Words define me and writing and reading compete to be the love of my life. My biggest belief is that there is something good in everything and I always looks to highlight the best in things. Creative writing is my forte.You can reach me by dropping a mail at contact@jaibalarao.com


  1. *giggle* I like it.
    Worse, what if an elephant fell in – ON him?

    1. That would have been even better. Now why did I not think of that. 🙂

  2. I know this is harsh but he can stay their and rot .. we humans shout hoarse if a animal attacks us but what about the humans who have killed so many animals just for pleasure ..

    1. True Biks. We need to respect nature more. 🙂

  3. I think he is perfectly fine where he is. Why pull him out? 🙂

    1. True maybe he would never have realised his follies otherwise

  4. I second what Leo said. Let someone leave him in the hole 🙂

    1. I dont think he will be found soon 🙂

  5. Well, serves him right that he fell into his own trap. And if he has any sense, he’d end his poaching career if he gets liberated from prison later.

    1. Yep. I hope staying alone in that ditch gives him the right perspective 🙂

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