but saw that he would be put to it to escape at all

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vkhu

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But Tarzan saw his arch enemy as quickly, and divining what the great beast would do he leaped nimbly away toward the females and the young, hoping to hide himself among them. Tublat, however, was close upon his heels, so that he had no opportunity to seek a place of concealment, but saw that he would be put to it to escape at all.
I'm confused by the way the 2nd sentence is phrased. Does that mean not only did Tarzan can't find any hiding place, he also wouldn't be able to escape at all?

Source: Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
 
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