When encountering a deadly animal, the first thing you’ll want to do is stay calm. Of course, we all know that’s easier said than done. But, it’s important that you follow that rule. It’s also important to know that encounters with different animals require different survival techniques. Keep reading to learn what you need to do to survive an encounter with some of the most deadly creatures on Earth.
According to the Florida Museum of Natural History, the risk of being attacked by a shark is extremely low. Still, it does happen — especially if you spend a significant amount of time in the sea. But, there are things you can do to survive an encounter with a shark that has become interested in having you for lunch. The first thing is to not attract sharks in the first place. You can do this by avoiding getting blood or urine in the water, which sharks smell from several kilometers away. Another thing you can do is look at the shark in the eye. Don’t turn your back to it and don’t try to swim away in panic. Instead, make your way back to shore very slowly, otherwise all of that flailing and panicking will make you look like prey. Lastly, if you actually get caught by a shark, fight your way out by going for the sensitive areas, that is the eyes and gills.
Bees are pretty much harmless to people who aren’t allergic to them. But, for those of you who are, there are certain things you need to keep in mind to lessen your chances of getting stung. First of all, bees are attracted to dark colors. So, when going outside, make sure you wear light colors. Also, keep in mind that bees are communal, and you could get swarmed by a bunch of them. And, although your first instinct will be to swat at them, that’s the last thing you want to do. Instead, find a dark place to hide. According to an article published by BrightSide, “the lack of light will mislead them.”
Believe it or not, most snakes are not dangerous or poisonous. Still, you’ll want to know what to do when you encounter one that is. Following these simple rules could mean the difference between life and death:
1. If you see a snake following you, stomp on the ground. The vibration will mislead it, and it will leave you alone.
2. If you happen to invade a snake’s personal space, don’t move! Wait for it to retreat. If it doesn’t, back up slowly to get as far away from it as possible.
3. If you’re bitten by a poisonous snake, don’t try to suck out the venom. Instead, wash the wound with tap water, fix a tourniquet, and call Poison Control immediately! Also, remember to keep calm and don’t run. Getting your heart rate up will just cause the venom to make its way into your bloodstream much quicker.
Did you know that you can intimidate black bears? Yep, it’s true. So, if you encounter one, do whatever you can to intimidate it — that’s after you’ve tried to flee, of course. If you can get away, do that first. If you can’t and you end up getting attacked, fight back by punching it in the nose.
Now, keep in mind that grizzly bears can’t be intimidated as black bears can. So, if you’re ever attacked by one, play dead. If it continues to attack you, fight back.
When it comes to polar bears, keep in mind that they’re big, fast, and hard to scare. So, if one sees you, stand tall and get ready to use your bear spray.
6. Alligators and Crocodiles
Alligators and crocodiles have some of the strongest jaws on Earth, so the last thing you’d want is to get caught in them. But, if you are, you should hit it in the eyes and/or throat to try to free yourself. These are their most sensitive areas. If you happen to spot a crocodile while swimming, don’t do anything to attract its attention, like splashing and shouting. Swim away quietly instead. If, perhaps, you see an alligator crawling toward you on the ground, shout as loud as you can and run away. “Alligators may be the only predators you have a shot at beating in a race, although they rarely pursue prey on land,” San Francisco-based journalist Rachel Levin told The New York Times.
Dogs may be man’s best friend, but that won’t stop one from possibly attacking you — especially if it feels threatened. In fact, the World Health Organization says that dogs are the main source of human rabies deaths, contributing up to 99 percent of all rabies transmissions to humans. That being said, if a dog is about to attack you, don’t panic! Panicking will only fuel his or her aggression. Instead, try to remain calm. And, if you’re ever jumped by a dog, protect your important areas — head, throat, and thighs — and give the dog something else to latch onto (like an article of clothing) other than you.
The first thing to do to avoid a jellyfish sting is to keep your distance. That might be hard to do since some stinging tentacles can grow as long as 165 feet. That being said, if you spot a jellyfish, stay out of the water.
If, by chance, you happen to get stung, immediately wash the wound with salt water, as freshwater will just make it worse. After you’ve washed the affected area, try removing the leftovers of the tentacles with a stick or a pair of tweezers. Lastly, apply antihistamine cream to the sting.
Most people think of elephants as friendly, gentle creatures. And, they are. But, that doesn’t mean that one won’t ever attack you. This is certainly true with female elephants who feel their cubs are in danger. That being said, if you ever encounter an elephant, pay close attention to its ears and trunk. If its trunk is twisted and its ears are back, the elephant is planning on trampling you. If that is the case, back away slowly or climb a nearby tree. If the attack has already begun, don’t run. Try to find something (e.g. a rock, a tree, etc.) that will serve as a barrier between you and the elephant.
2. Mountain Lions
Contrary to its name, the mountain lion isn’t a lion at all. It’s actually a large, tan cat that goes by several other names, including puma, cougar, and panther. That being said, if you ever encounter one of these creatures, you’ll want to stare the lion in the eye, look big (i.e. stand tall), and look alive (i.e. wave your arms, yell, scream, etc.). Standing there looking scared to death or playing dead will only make you look like prey. But, don’t try to run either because these creatures are much faster than you. If, perhaps, you find that looking big and alive doesn’t work, try throwing rocks, bottles, or whatever you have at it. If you’ve got a firearm, use it. Just make sure it’s allowed by local laws or you could end up in a world of trouble.
The lion isn’t the only creature known as the “King of the Jungle.” Yep, that’s right, the gorilla is also known as the king of the jungle, and rightly so for two reasons. First of all, lions don’t even live in jungles so that title is a bit misleading. Second of all, gorillas do live in jungles and they protect their families and space. And, if you ever happen to intrude on its space or appear to pose a threat to its family… well, you know what’s coming next. That being said, you’ll want to follow these steps to avoid being attacked:
-Sit down so you won’t look bigger or taller than the gorilla.
-Whisper if you have to talk.
-Don’t look straight into its eyes.
-If you’re attacked, roll into a ball. This will make you appear weak and defenseless, and gorillas usually won’t attack the weak and defenseless.
Have you ever survived a deadly encounter with an animal? Tell us about it in the comments below. Thanks for reading, and stay safe out there!