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The pilot of flight 2-5-B Air Sea Rescue, helicopter fleet, said that he had fuelled at Chivenor not far from Barnstaple and was on a routine reconnaissance trip over the town. He picked up local police radio call for all cars to abandon all but the most urgent and most pressing calls and converge on the very centre of Barnstaple Town. Flight Sergeant Connor-“Copter”-Smith observed the beasts turn from the High street and up towards this spot where a young lady happened to be taking photographs.

A local wild-life sanctuary/small zoo, had discovered that both their water buffalo (“Zelda”) and male (and very hungry) Tiger “Nagula” had escaped from their pens and started a frantic chase towards Barnstaple.

However, onlookers, including 8 year old Tabitha-Bathsheba of Bratton Fleming, who was out in town with her Mum and Gran, were amazed to see the Water Buffalo and Tiger gently padding (Buffalo clip-clopping rather than padding) their way down Joy Street, past “The Blue Gallery” art supply shop, as the best of friends. apparently they had managed to discuss and settle their differences on their way to to the town centre. Tabitha-B was about to take a photo of the Queen’s Theatre, from her vantage point on the junction of Boutport Street and Joy Street, when these two fellows came into her view.

According to witnesses, amazingly both Tiger and Water Buffalo, responded to the gentle command “Come By!!!!” spoken by a Mr Pitt Mannings who was leaving The Corner House pub after his lunchtime drink with friends Dougie Bearslake, and Michael Shaddick.

Mannings, known locally, among several illustrious titles…. as “The Cow Whisperer”, admitted that he had never applied his techniques to an untamed Tiger before. North Devon District Council are considering giving Pitt the freedom of Barnstaple as a reward for his heroism. This has caused some confusion with Pitt who commented that he has already been roaming happily and freely through the Borough and it’s surrounds for decades unimpeded.

Thank you very much to Tabitha-Bathsheba and especially to Mr Pitt Mannings, who is a local celebrity farmer, bard and journalistic-commentator of local life.

HDR and General Production information:
Two shots were used to stitch together the background of Joy Street in Barnstaple. Then several artificial exposures were created and reworked…and blended. Around four sperate layers for the background were used and the same for both the Tiger and Water Buffalo which were imported by courtesy of Deviant members’ permission.

Thank you ekoh_stock at Deviant Art for this shot of a Water Buffalo.

Thank you to NefaroStock at DeviantArt for this tiger shot.

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  • Lynn  Gibbons
    Lynn Gibbonsalmost 4 years ago

    as always fantastic!!!

  • :) Thank you very much Lynn! :))

    – Simon Groves

    JUSTARTalmost 4 years ago

    great work

  • Thank you Sylvia :)

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    WOBBLYMOLalmost 4 years ago

    superb work

  • Hello Loraine! Thank you very much! :)

    Hope you are well?

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  • gingermegs
    gingermegsalmost 4 years ago

    Superb Work and wonderful story!

  • Thank you very much…someone asked me today if I might make a book of these pictures and stories… you have reminded me….I may just do that soon! thank you for such a kind comment!

    – Simon Groves

  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneideralmost 4 years ago

    wonderful creation Simon with great humor !

  • Thank you very much Gisela! Good day to you! :D

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  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesalmost 4 years ago

    lol thats awesome !

  • :D Thank you very much Trudi!

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  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 4 years ago

    February 16th, 2010
    Please enter/vote in the ongoing Challenges

  • Mary thank you….I am taking encouragement from this…thank you again!

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  • bubblehex08
    bubblehex08almost 4 years ago

  • thank you for a lovely thank you! And a lovely banner too!

    – Simon Groves

  • Heidi Mooney-Hill
    Heidi Mooney-Hillalmost 4 years ago

    You make these photos so realisic
    wonderful creation

  • Thank you Heidi, Once people realize I can make them seem very real…is down to whether or not they like the picture… I’m glad you like this one :)

    – Simon Groves

  • Bart Castle
    Bart Castleover 3 years ago

    I gotta say that the story just sells this completely, great ideas

  • LOL Almost every visual image used for the story…. :) Thank you Bart!

    – Simon Groves

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