Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Surviving an elephant charge in the Congo rainforest of Gabon

I like this list of tips for surviving an elephant attack. Especially the last one!
- Listen to your guide. If you have one.
- Stand still (I can't actually recommend this strategy, but in most cases elephants "mock charge")
- Watch the ears. If they are out, chances are it's a mock charge. Respect the elephant and move away. If ears are back, then you should be worried.
- Ignore our example. Don't run, but move away slowly
- Try "shooing" the elephant by making lots of noise. This works best if you are in a vehicle.
- Climb a large tree. Preferably one without thorns, stinging ants, or lions
- Throw a decoy for the elephant to attack
- When fleeing or hiding, try to be downwind of the elephant
- Run faster than the slowest person in your group

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When elephants attack. Surviving an elephant charge in the Congo rainforest of Gabon

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