No one wants to meet a deadly animal face to face but if by some ungodly twist of fate you find yourself up against one, what do you do? Your first reaction would be to run but the animal’s reaction after that would be to run after you, and of course it would be faster. So, does that make you a goner??
In the event that the animal will catch up with you and if there are no trees to climb, WheeBuzz brings you this advice of these 12 ways to survive a deadly animal attack.
There are approximately 150 species of Sharks of which only 20 are dangerous for humans. But that isn’t really good news if you happen to meet even one among the 20. Although the majority of sharks won’t even show a liking for humans as food the dangerous thing here is that if a shark decided to follow you, it will then attack.
How to avoid sharks
Firstly, never urinate in the water. Moreover, blood in the water too should be totally avoided so if you’re injured in any way, and the wound is fresh, don’t think of swimming in shark prone waters because a shark will sense the scent of your blood several miles away.
If you are face to face with a shark, don’t show your back to him by panicking and swimming away. The shark will take you for prey and then you’re shark meat. Move slowly in the water but if you end up getting caught, fight back by aiming at its gills and eyes as these are the most sensitive points for a shark.
A kangaroo will only attack you when it feels there is a threat to its territory. Since kangaroos are territorial animals, they will act aggressively if they feel you’re invading their territory. Here’s what to do.
Start coughing with short and quiet coughs that will be taken as illness. Surprised right?? Walk back slowly and once you appear smaller, you will pose less of a threat. Don’t try to turn around and never run. BY running you might provoke the animal that can jump extremely far so running is pointless.
The king of the animals and being in front of one may make you crap your pants but there is something you can do to save yourself. If you are face to face with the beast, look directly into his eyes, don’t turn away and never turn your back as breaking eye contact triggers an attack and he will also have more time to do so.
Make yourself appear bigger and taller by lifting your arms above your coat, shirt or jacket. By looking threatening and dangerous, the lion will try its best to avoid eye contact. In fact, shout at the lion in a loud voice, shout any intimidating sounds and gesticulate (seen a lion tamer in the circus ring? The lion doesn’t expect such behavior from a victim which will mislead it. Instead he will look at you as a source of irritation that is best avoided.
While elephants are friendly creatures, they can attack when the female feels you are a threat to its calf. Look at the elephant’s body language. If its ears are pushed back and trunk twisted, this is a sign that the elephant is about to trample you. Never try to run away but look for an object like a rock or tree that will serve as a barrier between you and the animal.
Rhinos may look deadly but they are half blind with poor eyesight. They are also pretty fast and can run at 60kmph. But while that may seem impossible to get away from, all you have to do is to hide behind a tree which is an obstacle for the animal. If there is tall grass nearby, run into it because Rhinos will never follow you in high grass or bushes.
You’ll be surprised to know that more people die from hippo attacks than crocodiles. Hippos can even run fast in spite of their weight. A hippo can run at 30 kmph so unless you can run that speed, you better try and climb a tree which is the best way to survive a hippo attack. Don’t run into brushwoods as hippos like hiding in there when the water level is low. Hippos also have a bad temper and get angry easily. The best thing to do besides climbing a tree is to climb a sharp hill or a big rock and wait it out till he leaves.
Your perception about bulls may have been wrong as bulls don’t get pissed with the color red. They get irritated by the motions if a bull run towards you, always stand still. Use any cloth you can get hold of like your t-shirt or handkerchief to distract it or use it as bait. Once it charges, throw the cloth aside so the bull will charge that instead.
A jellyfish sting can give you a lot of pain that can last for hours. But did you know that peeing on the sting is just a myth, it doesn’t really work. Instead, wash the sting with salt water because freshwater makes it worse. With a tweezers or stick, try and remove the tentacles. If you have any antihistamine cream with you, apply it immediately.
9. Alligators and Crocodiles
Crocs have the strongest jaws on the planet and it won’t be easy freeing yourself if one gets hold of you. As soon as the animal gets hold of you, hit it in the eyes and the throat as these are the most sensitive areas of a crocodile. Use force which will make the croc free its hold on you.
If you find a crocodile chasing you, run in a zigzag direction while making as much noise as you can. While swimming, don’t splash and be silent as these attract the croc’s attention. Try to swim away silently.
Among all these animals and reptiles, you are most likely to come across a poisonous snake but did you know that 80% of snake bite cases are due to foolish people actually trying to catch one. If you are chased or followed by a snake, stomp as much as you can because the vibration caused will mislead and confuse it to leave you alone.
Not all snakes are poisonous and dangerous but if you are bitten by a poisonous one don’t attempt to suck the poison out of the wound which is what many people may tell you. Wash the wound with simple tap water, apply a tourniquet and then call emergency.
Gorillas are protective of their environments and families who won’t attack you as long as you behave but the moment they detect a threat they will. When face to face with a gorilla, sit down and don’t stand or try to look taller than the animal. Make whispering sounds and don’t look into its eyes. Look down instead. When attacked, curl yourself up into a ball because believe it or not, Gorillas unlike men are proud fighters and do not attack weak defenseless creatures which are their thumb rule in confrontation.
Bees are always protective of their hive and attack when detecting a threat. Even if you pass by they will sting you although unfortunately that may even kill the bee. Bees are attracted by dark colors so if you are entering bee prone areas, wear light colors. If you are chased by a swarm of bees, hide in a dark area because the bees will be mislead in the absence of light.
When a bee stings you it usually leaves its sting inside your skin. As soon as you are stung by a bee, never ever rub or press down on the affected area. This pushes the sting deeper into the skin. Use a flashlight or if there is enough light look closely for a tiny black splinter looking object. It looks like a wood splinter lodged just beneath the skin. It will also be attached to a sticky white substance. Used a sharp sterilized needle or tweezers to pull out the sting. You can also scrape it off. Once the sting is pulled out, you may not even have any swelling at all. The burning sensation may pass off after some time. Use an antihistaminic cream on the wound.