Survive a TIGER Attack | SURVIVAL HACKS
How to Survive a Tiger Attack
If you ever find yourself in proximity to a tiger without an adequate barrier through which you might safely observe them, immediately recognize that you are in danger. Whenever possible, avoid areas in which a tiger may be present. If you do encounter a tiger, take the necessary steps to reduce the chances the tiger will attack, and know what to do if the tiger does begin to attack.
Surviving an Actual Tiger Attack
Try to remain calm and back away slowly.In the event that a tiger is tracking you or has begun to snarl at you and seems ready to attack, try to stay calm. Do not look the tiger in the eye, but do turn towards the tiger. Back away slowly while fighting the urge to turn your back and run.
- Keep walking backwards until the tiger is well out of sight, then turn and move quickly away from the location of the tiger.
Make yourself big.Try to look and feel brave. Whatever you do, do not run. Running away from a tiger is all but inviting it to attack you. Inciting a chase can literally prompt an uncertain tiger into attacking. While slowly backing away, stand up as tall as possible.
- Make yourself look like less of a helpless prey animal by standing up straight.
- Crouched down, you look weaker and smaller – both of which will increase the chances that a tiger will attack.
Repel an attacking tiger with noise.Even simple sounds may frighten a tiger off if they are not accustomed to the noise. Make noise with anything you have, especially if it makes a loud or unnatural sound.
- If you have a firearm, shoot it into the air.
- If you have a signal flare, light it and hold it in front of you.
- Jingle or shake any metal or glass items against one another.
- If you attempt to shout at the tiger, do so with full confidence. Any nervousness that is betrayed by your voice may incite the tiger to attack.
Do whatever you can to survive.If the tiger begins to physically attack, it is unlikely to stop. Continue making as much noise as possible, and use whatever you have to shield yourself and strike back in self defense. Avoid playing dead; if the tiger is attacking out of an interest in eating you, it will simply proceed unencumbered. Remember that your best chance of survival is convincing the tiger to flee, which will require you to frighten or injure the tiger.
- If you are lucky enough to survive an attack, work to stop any bleeding and get medical attention as quickly as possible.
Encountering a Tiger that May Attack
Avoid approaching an escaped tiger.If you see a tiger that may have escaped captivity, do not assume it is docile or friendly towards humans. Tigers that have been captive will be agitated in unfamiliar environments, and are especially likely to attack.
Attempt to distract the tiger and hide.Leave your possessions behind as you walk away, as these may momentarily distract a curious tiger. If you cannot vacate the area entirely, attempt to hide. Tigers are not as capable of climbing as are some other jungle cats, so climb a tree until you can escape.
- Once you've hidden, you may attempt to distract the tiger by throwing things away from you to lead them in that direction. However, use extreme caution in doing so, as you're probably more likely to attract attention to your hiding spot. As such, it is better to throw stuff off of your path before you hide.
Do not antagonize a tiger in any way.Never antagonize a tiger or large animal of any type. Tigers, in particular, respond to aggression with aggression and will defend themselves by attacking.Do not throw anything at a tiger or attempt to hit it with something.
- In the event that you are attacking a tiger in order to distract it from mauling someone else, use whatever you have to strike the tiger as hard as you can.
- Keep shouting at the tiger, both to intimidate it and to distract it from its victim.
Give old or injured tigers a wide berth.While an old or injured tiger may seem feeble or in need of your help, they may actually be especially dangerous. Even if a tiger is in poor health, it should be treated with extreme caution.
- In the wild, you’re actually more likely to see a tiger in poor health, as tigers that are unable to hunt as well as they are when healthy will seek out easily accessible prey, such as livestock.
- This will bring them into closer proximity to humans than tigers are usually comfortable with.
Leave cubs alone.No matter how tempting it may be or how cute they may look, you should never interact with a young tiger. Tiger mothers are ferociously protective of their young and will readily come to their defense if they feel they are threatened in any way. Do not approach or attempt to interact with a cub in any way if you see one.
- In the wild, it is very rare to spot cubs because they are fiercely protected by their mothers. With that said, just because you see a cub all by themselves wondering around aimlessly doesn't mean that the mother isn't somewhere nearby.
Preventing a Tiger from Attacking
Travel with a guide if outdoors in tiger territory.Though there are only a few places in the world where you can see tigers in the wild, these places are sometimes open to travelers. If you’re visiting a place in which tigers freely roam, hire a guide to help ensure a safe journey.
- Often, organizations interested in the well-being of wild animals will provide you with information to inform you of how to behave safely in certain areas and avoid dangerous situations.
Be silent and still if you spot a tiger before it sees you.If a tiger has not noticed your presence, try to get away before it sees you. You are more likely to attract attention by moving, so simply wait until the tiger has moved on of its own accord. Once it has, move safely but deliberately towards safety, ideally in the opposite direction.
Avoid inadvertently challenging a tiger’s mark.Stated otherwise, don’t pee in a tiger’s domain. An innocent bathroom break may be interpreted by a tiger as an act of aggression, and they may perceive you as a threat if you urinate in their territory. As a general rule of thumb, always ensure that you are well hydrated and have visited the bathroom before you walk into Tiger territory.
Wear a two-faced mask.If you’re somewhere – such as the Ganges Delta in India – where people are regularly attacked and killed by tigers, consider wearing a backwards-facing mask. Rear-facing masks trick tigers, which prefer to sneak up on potential prey.
- By fooling the tiger into thinking you have eyes in the back of your head, you may prevent yourself from becoming its next meal.
- Even when tigers have been observed stalking humans, they do not attack people wearing a two-faced mask.
QuestionIs it possible to shout at the tiger, without sounding aggressive?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo. Shouting or antagonizing a tiger in any way, shape or form is always going to end up ugly.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if I was trapped?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf escape is not an option, your best bet is to stand your ground. Ensure you are facing the tiger and making noise and trying to act as confident as possible.Thanks!
QuestionHow well can tigers hear?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerBetter than a human, I believe. However, their sense of smell may exceed their sense of hearing.Thanks!
QuestionDoes a tiger attack more often from the front or back?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerA tiger will typically attack from behind. They are hunters that rely on stealth to catch their prey.Thanks!
QuestionWill one be able to choke a tiger?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo. Do not attempt to choke a tiger.Thanks!
QuestionAre tigers afraid of fire?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerFire is a foreign concept to tigers, so it would be an asset when fending off a tiger. However, they are not as afraid of fire as popular culture would have you believe.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if a tiger pounced on me, knocking me to the ground? Should I stick my arm in it's mouth?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, do not stick your arm in a tiger's mouth. Try aiming for its weaker spots, like the eyes or its nose, and use whatever you have to defend yourself. If you have a knife, use it and aim for the throat. You can also use a a branch or a rock. And protect your neck, as it is the part of the body the tiger is usually aiming for.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if I was surrounded by two or more tigers?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTigers are solo hunters, so more tigers in one area could mean they are fighting or perhaps mating. Either way, you would need to show your dominance. But in that situation escape should be the top priority, as the tigers will be more aggressive if mating or fighting other tigers.Thanks!
QuestionCan I distract the tiger by throwing some rocks?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, you should not throw anything at the tiger, as it will take it as an act of aggression, to which it will respond with aggression.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if I get bit and don't get medical treatment?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou risk getting a serious infection. Tigers have a lot of bacteria on their teeth. You should seek medical treatment right away.Thanks!
- Never shoot or kill a tiger unless you have no other option. Tigers are a critically endangered species.
- If you are bitten by a tiger, get medical attention as the skin may get infected.
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