Locals were concerned that there was a cat in a tree or something, but then they were concerned at what kind of cat it was, because there are only lions in Zambia.
Locals then thought the man was trying to commit suicide, something someone does only when possessed by a demon.
A small cow was killed immediately and a bunch of people started stomping around. It was highly confusing.
It is still a mystery as to the identity of this man or what he was doing in a place with no trees, potable water, or buildings higher than a termites nest.