Here's what you should do if you encounter a wild animal
Tips on how to avoid an attack or defend yourself
Over the years, stray lions have been spotted in neighbourhoods around Rongai. So, what should you do if you’re out and encounter a wild animal?
Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) has advised on measures that can be undertaken in case of an encounter with a wild animal.
Produce a Loud Sound
Show the hyena that you are an apex predator by making a loud noise, looking aggressive and frightening as if you are going to attack.
Do NOT Move
If you see an animal coming towards you stop, then back away or reroute to give that animal a path to get by you. Do not turn your back to the animal.
Make Yourself Look Big
Use a bike or your gear to try and spook the animal away from you if it hasn’t left already.
Do NOT run From the Animal
That could make you appear more like prey and entice them to chase. It is also dangerous if you choose to run and don’t know where you’re going.
Minimise Movements at Night
Most wild animals are nocturnal and have perfect vision during the dark, hence the need to avoid moving around during the dark, but if urgent, one must practice the other measures.
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