Report forwarded to the Animal Attack Files by Special Correspondant
|Villager Survives Tiger
Attack in Eastern Malaysia
January 18, 1999
|Associated Press Report
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- A tiger pounced on a villager in an eastern
Malaysia rubber estate, but the man fought back and survived, a
Mahat Awang, 26, was checking a trap for wild boars on Saturday when
Mahat said he shouted to his companion to run while he struggled but failed to reach for his hunting knife.
"I tried to fight back but got bitten on my hands and back of my head," the man was quoted as saying. "After attacking me, the tiger ran into the bushes and disappeared," he said.
Mahat required 50 stitches.
No explanation was offered for why the tiger changed its mind.
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