A Dutch tourist has survived a tiger attack in the jungles of South West Nepal. He saved himself by climbing a tree and clinging onto it for around two hours.
Gerard Van Laar, a 33-year-old engineer from Dedemsvaart, Netherlands has been travelling around Nepal since last month. He said that he and his Nepalese guide was hiking in Bardia Natioanl Park when the tiger attacked them. Describing the attack he stated, “I was super lucky to be alive. I would have been dead if it had not been for Krishna [his guide].”
He added, “All of a sudden I heard a roar and a growl, and the tiger was heading toward us at full speed.”
The brave guide ran away to draw the attention of the tiger and got injured, while Laar climbed the tree to escape. The tiger came back in awhile and started circling the tree. It was very prudent on Laar’s part that he tried to stay calm. The tiger was 20 feet below him.
The guide, Krishna, arrived about two hours later with help. They shouted and used sticks to drive away the tiger, reported The Gaurdian. The guide was hospitalized for a day because of his injury. Laar, on the other hand, was unhurt.
Initially Laar thought he would be killed but he succeeded in saving himself from the beast by climbing the tree, stated Mail Online.
There are around 70 tigers in Bardia National Park. It is a very popular destination for tourists and thousands of visitors visit the park every year. However, tiger attacks are very rare in this forest. At the same time, one should not forget that in a jungle people are at the mercy of these wild beasts and must not forget about the vulnerability of the situation.
A recent report accounted for a similar incident about a British tourist who was trampled and killed by an elephant in Thailand. In this regard, Laar was a lucky man that he was saved not only by his prudence but also by the prompt handling of the situation by his guide, Krishna.