7/ Rhinoceros attack: Hide behind a tree
Due to their bad eye site, rhinoceros often feel threaten and can easily get frightened which is why they can attack. These animals which might seem pretty hefty can still reach speeds of up to 60 km per hour! Appearances can be deceiving as they say… It is difficult to escape a charging rhino so instead of fleeing you’d be better to hide in a tree.
8/ Bull charge: Throw an object like you would for a dog
In contrast to what you might think, bulls don’t react to the colour red but instead they are provoked by agitated movement. If a bull comes towards you stay still and don’t move. (Although this is easy to say when you have a bull in your face.) Use an item of clothing or a cap as a distraction. When the animal gets closer to you try and throw the object as far away from you as possible, a bit like a ball that you throw for a dog so that can fetch it.
9/ Kangaroo: Just cough
Yes, kangaroo can be really rather violent towards humans! Or at least only when you have entered into their territory or if you have threatened them. In the event of a kangaroo attack, don’t try and fight back as you will no doubt have heard of a kangaroos boxing talent! However you can do something even more clever and a hundred time more simple… all you need to do is cough! Kangaroos see coughs as a sign of illness which is why an animal attack should be avoided. You should then walk backwards to get out of the area without turning around and without moving to quickly. You will then look smaller and therefore less dangerous.
10/ Shark attack: Don’t try to escape
Out of the 150 shark species in the world, only about 20 might show an interest in humans. the good news is most sharks don’t see you as prey. However urine and blood can attract the biggest fish towards you as they can pick up smells from a 10 km. Make sure that you check your cuts before you go swimming in the water. If a shark comes near you don’t turn around or try and escape as this will just make you look like a prey that’s panicking. You should instead mak slow movements. If the shark does catch you, try to aim for the shark’s eyes and gills if you can as these are the most sensitive areas.
11/ Bear attack: Curl yourself into a ball and play dead
bears rarely attack humans except from when the feel endangered or are very hungry. In winter polar bears walk for miles on ice packs in hunt for food are known to attack humans that get to close as they are starving. If you see a bear you should not run as it will consider you as prey and will follow you by instinct. Instead you should lie on the ground curled into a ball and cover the back of your neck with your hands so that you can feign death. Don’t panic if the bear touches you a little and continue to pretend to be dead (although again this is easier said that done.)
12/ Hippopotamus attack: Climb a tree
Hippopotamus are far from being harmless and can present a real risk to humans. You shouldn’t underestimate their heftiness as this animal can still run a 30 Km per hour ! If it is hot don’t go to the Savannah as hippos like to hide in high grasses to get away from the dryness. The best solution is to climb into a tree or instead move a way from vegetation and climb onto a rock or a little hillock.
You can find more advice in the video below (In French) :
An animal attack can happen to anyone so it is best to be prepared!