Being a nation of animal lovers, we often underestimate the power of nature. Brought up with domesticated, tame house pets, the true unpredictability and uncompromising nature of wild animals is seldom taken into account when we are face to face with them in zoos or in sanctuaries.
Even the most cuddly looking animal can turn nasty at the drop of a hat. Most wild animals don’t see humans as prey but if we are perceived as a threat to their territory or their young, they will strike without a moment’s notice. These attacks are rare but when they do happen they can be fatal, here are ten amazing survival stories from tourists who’ve taken a walk on the wild side, suffered animal attacks, and lived to tell the tale…
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Polar Bears Attack, Berlin
A 32 year old German woman felt the full wrath of a number of Polar bears when she inexplicably forced her way into their enclosure at Berlin Zoo. After being severely mauled, the woman was only saved by the quick thinking of the zoo keepers who distracted the bears while they dragged her to safety.
Marlin Attacks Fisherman, Panama
On the back of fishing boat Stephen Shilter is on a fishing trip with a difference in Pinas Bay, Panama withh is father and sister. They are lucky enough to encounter the fish they’re looking for but Stephen’s luck runs out as the elusive Black Marlin writhes from the depths and spears him in the mouth with its 3 ft bill. Stephen was lucky to survive, the bill scratched his throat and pierced the side of his cheek, but his injuries could have been far worse.
Nurse Shark Attack on Video, Florida
Kiss of death doesn’t begin to describe this one. Professional diver Dave Marcell leads on exhibition in Key Largo, Florida to see Nurse Sharks in their natural habitat. Their docile demeanor doesn’t hold true this time for Dave however who puckers up to kiss the Shark, only to received powerful bite which leaves his top lip in tatters.
Horse Attacks Man on Video, India
This is about as far from the horse whisper as you can get, the victim in the video is initially the stallion who is being treated with great disrespect by his owner. The tables soon turn however when the horse turns on his tormentor, biting his neck and kicking him on the floor with his powerful hind legs. After exacting its revenge the horse trots off to safety.
Kangaroo Attack on Television, Ohio
You can’t say the recipients of this attack don’t deserve it. ‘Killer’ Willard the boxing Kangaroo lashed out live on live TV, giving trainer Tony a powerful kick that sends him flying.
Crocodile Attack Caught on Video, Thailand
Another case of animals being kept in captivity to entertain crowds, this crocodile is clearly hacked off when his jaws clamp down on his trainer’s arm. Kahn brazenly sticks his hand in the croc’s mouth as part of his routine, only to have the ‘death roll’ performed on him, a technique animals use in the wild to rip limbs from their prey. Luckily Kahn was able to free himself and lived to tell the tale.
Bull Attacks Matador, Spain
Spanish Matadors dice with death on a day to day basis, they’re highly skilled professionals who know exactly how to manipulate these wild beasts. Of course accidents do happen and this un-planned slip up nearly cost this Bull-fighter his life. The Bull’s horn penetrated his lower jaw, emerging from his mouth. The Matador was able to get up and walk away and was later treated in hospital, his colleagues took over the show and killed the Bull minutes later.
Tiger Attacks Man on Elephant, India
This shocking footage depicts a full-grown Tiger attacking a hunter on an elephant in Kaziranga National Park, India. Filmed on a handheld camera, the moment of terror when the predator leaps athletically from the long grassland with its jaws open and an outstretched paw is heart stopping. The hunter’s arm was badly injured and the Tiger was shot by a fellow hunter.
Lion, South Africa
When humans enter a Lion’s enclosure, some form of attack is all but inevitable, and that’s exactly what happened to British journalist, Charles-Starmer-Smith when filming a piece in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Starmer smith bravely enters the enclosure with an expert Lion handler, but that doesn’t stop him getting a bit mauled in what was an unsurprising but nevertheless harrowing attack.
Killer Whale Attacks Woman, San Diego
This famous attack occurred in 1971 when Ann Godsey, a secretary for SeaWorld in San Diego who asked to Ride a Killer Whale for a publicity shot. Being unfamiliar with its passenger, the beast turned and attacked Ann after appearing docile initially. After trashing around in the pool with Ann in its jaws, the Killer Whale, one of the deadliest predators in the ocean stopped for a second allowing Ann to grab the side of the trough. A staff member wrenched open the Whale’s mouth and Ann lived to tell the tale. It seems the announcer in the video got his facts wrong, but it’s a scary video any way you slice it.
This post was written by Joe. Follow him on Twitter @joe_johnson
Joe is a travel blogger and animal lover who is going on a week long fishing trip as part of his Mexico holidays package soon, he hopes not to cross paths with any grouchy Marlins though!