Who is killed by the Burmese tiger trap in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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Short Answer: One of General Zaroff’s best hunting dogs is killed after falling into the Burmese tiger pit.

After narrowly missing an opportunity to kill General Zaroff using his Malay mancatcher, Rainsford immediately begins digging into the soft earth while the general is at his chateau nursing his wounds. Rainsford proceeds to construct a Burmese tiger pit by digging a deep hole and planting sharpened stakes at the bottom of hole with their points sticking up. Rainford then weaves a rough carpet of weeds, branches, and leaves to cover the mouth of the pit. After completing his Burmese tiger pit, Rainsford watches from behind a lightening-charred tree as General Zaroff and his premier hunting dog arrive at the pit. Suddenly, Rainford hears a sharp scream of pain and briefly steps out from behind his hiding spot to see if he finally killed the general. Rainsford then watches General Zaroff stand three feet from the tiger pit and congratulate him on killing his finest hunting dog. General Zaroff then shouts to Rainsford,

"You've done well, Rainsford . . . Your Burmese tiger pit has claimed one of my best dogs. Again you score. I think, Mr. Rainsford, Ill see what you can do against my whole pack. I'm going home for a rest now. Thank you for a most amusing evening." (Connell, 13)

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One of General Zaroff's best hunting dogs falls into the Burmese tiger pit which Rainsford has constructed.

After having built a Malay man-catcher, which wounded the general only slightly because he leaped back when he touched it as he immediately sensed danger since he was familiar with such a trap, Rainsford has found that he must resort to other methods of survival and defense. So, he has constructed a Burmese tiger pit, a very deep hole covered with brush, branches, and leaves, woven together to form a carpet that disguises the deadly hole. If the prey falls through this covering, there are sharpened stakes waiting to impale the victim.

When he finished the construction of the Burmese tiger pit, Rainsford has hidden behind the stump of a tree so that he can rush out and make certain that his victim cannot free himself. Listening carefully, footsteps heard have seemed to be too swift to Rainsford for one so careful as General Zaroff. Then, he realizes why: it is the dog, not the general, who has been caught and killed by the trap.

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