What to do to prevent a lion attack

How to prevent a lion attack. Photo: Pixabay.com

Lions escaping from game reserves is becoming a common occurrence, but it’s also a frightening problem, given that five big cats are eluding capture near Fochville on the Far West Rand.

The West Rand is arguably one of the biggest areas in Gauteng, but with five lions on the loose, your safety cannot be guaranteed.

Imagine being woken by your dog barking aggressively outside. As you step out the door with your mind assuming it’s probably robbers, you collide with a lion. What would you do?

Read more: GRAPHIC CONTENT: Lion bites back

While you crack your skull putting yourself in the picture, here are some important basics to consider if this happens to you as the search for the lions continues.

According to Wikihow, the following steps may save your life:

Do not panic – If you’re being charged by a lion, you’ll be extremely frightened. Do everything you can not to panic. Staying calm and thinking straight can help save your life.

Do not run – Stand your ground. You need to take charge of the situation and show the lion that you’re a threat. Turn so that you’re facing the lion while clapping your hands, shouting, and waving your arms. This will make you appear bigger and threatening to the lion.

Retreat slowly – Do not turn your back. Keep flailing your arms and shouting, but slowly step away sideways. If you run, the lion may sense your fear and chase after you. Remain threatening to the lion while you retreat.

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