For most of us, the likelihood of actually being attacked by a wild animal is very low, purely because most of the creatures we share our world with have a deep, ingrained fear of us. Normally, their first reaction is to flee; if attacks do occur, then it’s usually as a result of the animal feeling threatened in some way, such as when a mother bear is trying to protect her cubs. Attacks can also occur out of sheer desperation, such as when the animal’s natural food is unavailable. There are some animals out there, that are sometimes referred to as man-eaters, but these are exceptions, even among their own species, as their man eating tendencies probably came about as a result of attacking a human out of desperation, and then discovering that humans are relatively easy creatures to kill. We Here at The Blind Side are going to give tips on the best ways to survive attacks by 5 of the most dangerous creatures on the planet, and also how to avoid being attacked in the first place.
The leopard is probably the least likely out of the big cats to attack a human, primarily because they need to be in tip top condition in order to survive, even the smallest injury could render them useless at hunting and cause starvation. There are exceptional circumstances, and the time a leopard is more likely to attack is if it has been injured in some way.
But here is how you can avoid being attacked; Don’t approach them too closely, especially if you see cubs. Make sure that you keep any small children secure during the hours of darkness, if you happen to be camping in areas known to be frequented by leopards. If you are confronted by a charging leopard, don’t run, try to bluff your way out of the attack by clapping your hands or waving your hands, basically do anything that will make you appear bigger.
Bears are probably the most dangerous large carnivore that most of us in the west are likely to encounter, particularly in North America, and knowing what to do if a bear decides to pick a fight is crucial because if you find yourself face to face with one, then you’re in a real tight corner.
So, how do you avoid being attacked by a bear in the first place? If you should meet a bear on a nature trail, then immediately say something in a calm voice to indicate that you’re not a threat. Maybe try singing or whistling. If the bear doesn’t run off, then try and work out which way you should go, so that it can easily get by. Keep talking calmly as you pass by.
Make sure you maintain a distance at least equal to the one that separated you and the bear on your initial encounter. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by the bear’s departure. What if they attack? Here’s what to do: If you don’t have pepper spray handy, and you find a marauding bear charging towards you, then play dead, fall to the ground, lie on your stomach and cover the back of your neck with hands.
Playing dead may reduce the sense of threat felt by the bear and it might you leave you be. You could also try climbing a tree, but remember that bears can climb too.
Today, they are one of the deadliest creatures on the planet; they have little fear of anything. Basically, they go for anything that falls into the water, they never discriminate between prey. If you are attacked by a crocodile then there is very little you can do, obviously you will initially feel shock, but if you have enough presence of mind then try to gouge its eyes out with a free limb, but there are several useful steps you can take to prevent an attack from occurring in the first place.
Don’t swim in any rivers that might have crocodiles in them. If you’re not sure, then throw a few stones into the water as that should be enough to trigger a reaction from any crocs that might be lurking beneath. If you have to swim, then avoid any backwaters and inlets because that’s where crocs like to lie in wait.
If you’re traveling in a boat and it capsizes, then don’t panic as that will attract the crocodiles. Keep calm at all times and on no account should you scream or splash. If you end up in the water, then swim straight for shore underwater using breaststroke if possible.
Shark attacks on humans are extremely rare, in fact you’re more likely to die as a result of a meteor impact than a shark attack, but should it ever happen, then knowing what to do can mean the difference between life and death. While most shark species are harmless to us, there are three species that account for more than half of all known attacks: the great white, tiger and bull shark.
Similar to the crocodile, there’s little you can do if attacked by a shark except to try and gouge its eyes out, but of course there are some very simple steps you can take to avoid such a terrifying situation in the first place. Don’t wear any shiny jewelry or any bright colors as they serve as a magnet for a hungry shark. Stay out of the water if you have any open wounds or are bleeding from any part of your body.
Stay in groups, as a shark is more likely to target a lone individual. Keep out of the water during the hours of darkness, as this is when sharks are highly active. Avoid murky water, because it’s all too easy for a shark to mistake you as something else. Do not visit the New Smyrna Beach Florida, as more shark attacks have occurred here than anywhere else in the world.
Snakes are found in many climates and terrains. Sometimes they can even appear in your own back yard. For the most part, snakes are harmless. But sometimes they can hurt you. If you encounter a snake, you definitely do not want to engage it, even if you think that it is not dangerous. There are several steps you can take to avoid a harmful encounter with a snake. Avoid tall grass.
Many snakes like to hang out in grassy areas and heavy underbrush. If you can, stick to the trails so you can clearly see what you’re stepping on. If you have to go off trail, be attentive lest you inadvertently step on a sleeping rattlesnake. If you must venture through tall grass, carry a stick and use it to probe the ground in front of you.
And remember, there are always exceptions to the rule; a snake could very well be curled up in the middle of a well-groomed trail. Always be aware of your surroundings. Remember that snakes can climb. While they’re not squirrels, snakes can slither up trees and bushes. Snakes like to hang out in the dark. Holes, a hollow log, or a crevasse in a rock are perfect places for a snake to hide.
So before you go sticking your hand in any dark hole, be aware there could be a snake sleeping inside. Wear heavy boots and pants. If you’re going to be out exploring in the uncivilized wilderness, make sure your lower extremities are protected. Heavy boots and pants not only protect against fierce snakes but also your ankle’s other nemesis-ticks. If you’re bitten, seek medical attention immediately, even if you don’t think the snake is poisonous. Better to be safe than sorry.