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.
The Kodak Ektra Camera