What to do When Animals Attack

What to do When Animals Attack

Do you know what to do when animals attack?

Do you know what you need to do you’re attacked by a dog?

What about a snake or a shark or a bear?

This post will inform you of what to do when animals attack.

No animals have been harmed for the research of this article about what to do when animals attack.

What To Do When Animals Attack

What to Do When a Dog Attacks

  • An attacking dog will attempt to paw down any barrier placed in front of him, so using a strong stick to bar his path may help.
  • If you have no other weapon, try charging directly at the dog with your arms outstretched and screaming, it may break the dogs’ nerve.
  • If it is charging you, break its momentum, e.g., stand exposed next to the corner of a building, wait till it is a few feet away then at the last second move rapidly around the corner, but facing the dogs charge. Take advantage when the dog is forced to slow down.
  • It will wish to lock on to a part of your body, so, if there is time, pad your forearm with a bit of clothing and offer this forearm to the dog.
  • Once the dog has taken grip, beat it hard with a rock or stick. Make sure whatever you do to the dog it is incapacitated or it will just make it angrier.
  • If you stick your forearm as far to the back of its jaw as possible, you can snap its neck by placing your other arm around the back of its neck and moving them against each other respectively in a sharp snapping motion. Expect your forearm to be wounded.
  • Grabbing the front two legs of a dog and splitting them apart will seriously damage if not kill the animal.

Protecting Yourself Against Rabies

When certain animals attack, there is the possibility of contracting rabies.

A single bite or even a lick from an infected animal can infect a human and if untreated, victims die an unpleasant death. Even treatment can be painful. If you intend to travel to a place where rabies is high threat, seek information on inoculation. Infection attacks your body after about 30 days. If you are bitten by an animal in a high risk area:

  • Wash the wound with soap and water as quickly as possible, but don’t scrub.
  • Remove any saliva from the wound and the surrounding area with fast running water i.e. place it under a tap or pouring water from a water bottle.
  • Capture the animal if possible.
  • Start a course of anti rabies injections.
  • It is possible for humans to a carry the infection.

Bites and Stings

  • Any insect bite is potentially dangerous.
  • A ring of cold ash around your bed space will deter most crawling insects.


  • More dangerous in the tropics..
  • Do everything you can to guard against their bites..
  • Use mosquito netting or frequent applications of repellent. Cover any exposed skin with handkerchiefs, even large leaves will help..
  • Wear full clothing, especially at night..
  • Keep trouser legs tucked into tops of socks, and shirt sleeves into gloves or other improvised hand covering..
  • In extreme cases, smear the face and other exposed skin with mud before bedding down at night..
  • Select rest or camp sites away from swampy, stagnant type water..
  • Establish a slow smoky fire to windward of the campsite..

Bees, wasps and hornets

  • If a swarm is disturbed and you are a few meters distant, sit still for about five minutes then crawl away carefully and slowly.
  • If attacked, run through the bushiest undergrowth to be found or immerse in water.

Scorpions and centipedes

  • Always shake out bedding, clothing or boots before use.
  • They won’t normally attack unless disturbed so take care when moving rocks or stones or handling dead logs.
  • The stings are painful but only the larger species are likely to be deadly.
  • Cold compresses will lessen the pain from a sting.
  • If you brush or knock it away, do it in the direction of the animals’ movementSpiders.
  • Treat in the same way as a snake bite.
  • Most poisonous spiders are dark in colour and carry red, white or yellow spots.


  • Lowland forests, tropical and sub tropics are infested with leeches, especially after rain. If in these conditions or wading through swamps or sluggish water, check every few minutes.
  • Flick off any which don’t yet have a hold, but never pull them off.
  • Salt, ash or a glowing ember or a cigarette will make them drop off.
  • If you smoke, collect all your unburned tobacco and wrap it in a piece of cloth. When moistened the pack can be squeezed, and it will produce a nicotine solution which is an effective de-leeching agent.
  • Treat a bite by gently squeezing it to ensure it’s clean..
  • If you’re bleeding, leave it alone, it will soon stop. Leave the blood clot on the bite as long as possible.
  • Never wash with or drink leech infected water.
  • If a small leech gets into you mouth, nostril or throat, gargle or sniff up very salty water. If it makes you vomit, good.

Snake Bites

Most snakes will not attack you unless they are cornered, so avoid alarming, trapping or cornering a snake. If you get bitten, treatment must be rapid but without panic. You want to reduce the amount of venom entering the body and reduce the speed at which the venom circulates in the system. Rest and reassurance is high on the list of priority actions. Apply a pressure bandage. (If you don’t know how, take a first aid class)

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Sharks Attacks

Sharks are unlikely to attack unless provoked, but they are curious and will investigate. To avoid their curiosity


  • Wear clothing if you have to swim with jellyfish.

Other Fish

  • Look out for and avoid touching or eating all spiny, odd shaped or box like fish..
  • If unsure, everything in tropical regions should be considered suspicious.
  • Any stings from a spiny aquatic animal should be treated the same as a snake bite.

And lastly, as a general rule…

If it is brightly colored, it’s dangerous!

… Obviously if you just avoid the dangerous animals in the first place then you won’t have to worry about what to do if animals attack.

DO you have any other advice on what to do when animals attack? Please share them (or anything else you wan tto say) in the comments 😀 !

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Comments ( 2 )
  1. Billy mcmannus
    November 10, 2015 at 06:27

    What does one do with a trouser snake bite?

    • Bert Luxing
      November 10, 2015 at 16:16

      Actually, contrary to popular belief trouser snakes are harmless. They don’t actually bite, but instead spit out a sticky, salty substance. It in in fact a sign of affection and although the snakes looks “puffed up” and aggressive, shortly after it spits it shrinks back to its regular size.

      I hope that alleviates your concerns. Thanks for your comment.

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