In Richard Connell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game," Sanger Rainsford and his friend Whitney are en route to hunt jaguars in Rio de Janeiro when Rainsford accidentally falls overboard and is forced to swim to the nearby island of Ship-Trap.
Once there, Rainsford meets another big-game hunter by the name of General Zaroff. Zaroff is bored of hunting, because he finds that it is no longer a challenge to him, and he has, thus, moved on to hunting what he considers the "most dangerous game"—human beings. Rainsford has taken up residence in a chateau on the island in order to capture sailors who have shipwrecked; he then supplies them with some basic food and supplies, gives them a three-hour head start, and sets off thereafter to hunt and kill them. This is intriguing to Zaroff because it involves hunting creatures motivated by reason—something he cannot do when pursuing animals.