We hope you will never meet a hungry lion and never have to run away from a rhino or swim away from a crocodile. But if it happens, it’s important to know how to behave correctly to stay alive.
In order to be ready for anything, We have collected techniques that will save your life if you meet a wild animal.
The good news is that there are 150 types of sharks on our planet, and only 20 of them can attack a human. That is because the majority don’t treat us as food. The bad news is that if a shark gets interested in you, it will be very difficult to get away from it.
- In order not to attract sharks, avoid getting blood or urine in the water. Sharks can sense the smell from several kilometers away.
- If you meet a shark face-to-face, don’t turn your back and don’t try to run away in panic. By doing this, you will look like prey. Move slowly.
- If you are caught, aim at the eyes and gills. Those zones are sensitive.
Kangaroos attack only if you invade their territory. In this case, the animal will feel a threat. To avoid conflict, follow the next steps:
- Cough. Short and quiet coughing is perceived as a sign of illness, and you are likely to avoid an attack.
- Slowly move back. You will look smaller and, therefore, less dangerous.
- Don’t turn around, and don’t run. If you do, you will provoke an animal that can jump really far and reach you in a moment.
If you meet a lion, look into his eyes. Don’t turn your back, and don’t look away because discontinuity in eye contact will give the predator time to attack.
- Try to look bigger. Lift up your arms or a jacket. If you look big and dangerous, the predator will try to avoid contact.
- Talk to the lion in a moderately loud and confident voice. Also, make sounds and gesticulate. This kind of behavior is not typical for a victim. It will mislead the animal, and he will perceive you as an irritation that it is better to stay away from.
Elephants are clever and friendly animals. Nevertheless, they can attack, especially female elephants who assume you are a danger to their cubs.
- If you meet an elephant, pay attention to its body language. A twisted trunk and ears looking back mean that he is going to trample you.
- If the animal is attacking you, don’t run away. Instead, try to find something that will serve as a barrier between you and the elephant. It can be a rock or a tree.