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Tiger Attacks

Tigers are ferocious and vicious, especially when hungry or provoked. These and other mammals are featured in fairytales and children’s stories that emphasize the violence they are capable of.

Remember, it’s not just humans that are at a disadvantage in a tiger attack. A 2011 incident where a tiger killed a lion with one swipe should remind you how deadly these creatures can be.

A tiger can behead a human with one swipe. The largest of the tiger family, the male Bengal, averages around 270 kg (600 lb), while females weigh up to 160 kg (350 lb). If you’re thinking of running away, tigers can run up to 64 km/h (40 mph).

Some Step to survive Tiger Attacks:

Step 1: Stay Quiet

If you are lucky enough to see the tiger before it spots you, stay quiet, and don’t move. Movement will alert the tiger, and turn its deadly attention to you. Even if the tiger looks old, injured, or sick, it is still a threat. Even the weakest tigers are extremely dangerous. They have less ability to hunt big animals, but you’re an easy target.

Step 2: Inhale deeply

Panicking is the worst thing you can do. This is not a good time to give in to your fight or flight response. Back away slowly, without making eye contact, and do not show your back to the animal. As soon as the tiger is out of sight, get out of there as fast as you can.

Step 3: Use Your Kid

If a tiger spots you, and you are with a child, put it on your shoulders. It will make you look bigger and more intimidating. The same goes for if you have an adult with you, and can get them on your shoulders.

Do anything you can do to make yourself look larger, so the tiger thinks you’re a threat. Stand tall and puff yourself up. Don’t crouch, or sit, or do anything to make yourself look small, as that will encourage the tiger to attack you.

Step 4: Hold Your Pee

No matter how scared you are, do not pee your pants. Tigers are attracted to urine. The tiger might think you’re marking your territory, and take it as an act of aggression. That might get you killed.

Step 5: Climb a Tree

Unlike other jungle cats, tigers cannot climb trees. So you may be safe, if you climb high enough that the tiger can’t reach you. If you encounter a tiger that has escaped from captivity, don’t assume it’s domesticated and friendly. They are as dangerous as a tiger in the wild.

Step 6: Fight Back

Don’t try to play dead. This will make you an easy meal. If a tiger has you in its grips, stick your hand right into its mouth. That’ll trigger a gag reflex, stopping it from biting. The good news is, tigers are more afraid of attacking a human than a lion, especially if they aren’t familiar with humans, and haven’t learned how easy it is to catch and kill us.

They are one of the most vengeful animals on the planet.

Once a poacher who met a grisly end in the winter of 1997 after he shot and wounded a tiger, and then stole part of the tiger’s kill.

The injured tiger hunted Markov down in a way that appears to be chillingly premeditated. The tiger staked out Markov’s cabin, systematically destroyed anything that had Markov’s scent on it, and then waited by the front door for Markov to come home.

“This wasn’t an impulsive response,” Vaillant says. “The tiger was able to hold this idea over a period of time.” The animal waited for 12 to 48 hours before attacking.

When Markov finally appeared, the tiger killed him, dragged him into the bush and ate him. “The eating may have been secondary,” Vaillant explains. “I think he killed him because he had a bone to pick.”

Source: NPR.org

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Theodore Houston

Aren’t Siberian tigers larger than Bengal tigers?