Tiger Fought Off With Soup Ladle

Malaysian man's wife saves him with kitchen implement
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2011 3:02 AM CST
A Malaysian Indochinese tiger at the national zoo in Kuala Lumpur.    (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A Malaysian man survived a tiger attack after his wife bashed the animal with a wooden soup ladle. The man was hunting squirrels near his home in a jungle settlement in northern Malaysia when the tiger attacked, the BBC reports. The man, who was badly lacerated and is recovering in a local hospital, says his 55-year-old wife came to his rescue after hearing his screams.

"I was terrified and I used all my strength to punch the animal in the face, but it would not budge," he said. "I had to wrestle with it to keep its jaws away from me, and it would have clawed me to death if my wife had not arrived." Authorities, who believe there are some 200 tigers in the jungles of the northern state of Perak, plan to track the animal down and relocate it to a more remote area.

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