Georgia zoo flooding: what to do if you encounter a tiger - The Guardian
19 June, 2015
Georgia zoo flooding: what to do if you encounter a tiger  - The Guardian
With a tiger reportedly still roaming free in Tbilisi after severe floods damaged the zoo, here’s some advice from The Guardian on how best to survive a confrontation:

“A white tiger that escaped from a zoo in Tbilisi after heavy flooding mauled a man to death on Wednesday, and on Thursday authorities in the Georgian capital said they were still looking for another tiger and a hyena.

Heavily armed government officers were on constant patrol on Thursday morning, as jumpy
residents called in at the slightest noise or strange movement outside. But what should they do if they find themselves confronted with a tiger?

Based on the experiences of forest rangers in India’s national parks, Vicky Flynn, the campaign manager of TigerTime and a veteran of travels through tiger territory, has this advice:

• Do not run. Like all cats, tigers enjoy a chase. In Bandhavgarh national park, an elephant was startled by tigers in the long grass and threw its mahout (rider) to the ground before running away. Alone in the tall grass and knowing that there were at least three tigers in the grass nearby, the mahout fought his instincts and slowly edged backwards, one tiny step at a time, out of the grass. It took him two hours, but he lived to tell the tale.

• Do not approach the tiger. Tigers, especially captive tigers, will be scared by the unusual setting and will probably be highly agitated. Stay away.

• Get yourself somewhere high up. Tigers are not good climbers and will generally not follow you up a tree.

• Stand up tall. Tigers do not distinguish between a crouched human, a warthog or a deer. This is why so many villagers collecting wood from tiger reserves have been attacked.

• Do not antagonise the tiger. Upon finding a tiger in his home, an old man in Bandhavgarh died trying to hit it away with a stick. Tigers will defend themselves and very few will walk away when attacked.

• Do not urinate in a tiger’s territory. Tigers mark their territories and if you do the same, the tiger would see you as a threat.

• Stay away from injured or old tigers. They are more likely to attack and they come into contact with humans more regularly as they seek out easy prey, often domestic livestock,” The Guardian informs.

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