Woman rescues husband in tiger attack
A Malaysian Tiger at the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur.
February 14th, 2011
08:02 AM ET

Woman rescues husband in tiger attack

A villager in Malaysia has his wife to thank after she charged a tiger that had pounced on him in the forest, according to the Malaysia Star.

Tambun Gediu, who is in his 60s, was hunting for squirrels Saturday morning when he heard some rustling in the leaves, he told the Star.

He said the tiger was upon him so fast he didn't have time to react, according to the paper.

“My first instinct was to climb a tree but the tiger pounced and started clawing me,” he told the Star. “I had to use all my force to push the tiger’s mouth away from my face while shouting for help.”

Han Besou, 55, who was several feet away, heard the screams of her husband and charged the tiger with a large soup spoon, bopping it on the head, the paper reported. The animal fled.

The attack happened in the Gerik Belum Forest Reserve, where the aboriginal Orang Asli people reside. The attack was unprecedented in the village, the Star reported.

The villager, who suffered wounds to his knees, head and neck, was in stable condition Sunday after being transferred to Hospital Raja Permaisur Bainun, state Wildlife and National Parks Department director Shabrina Mohd Shariff told the Star.

Wildlife officials were awaiting a permit Monday to chase the tiger farther into the jungle, the director told The Star.

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  1. Anita

    So the tiger pounced him, now maybe he knows how those squirrels felt when he tried to kill them.

    February 14, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Izzy Roush

    Later the tiger was attacked by the squirrels

    February 14, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Izzy Roush

    Speaking of squirrels...
    A police officer sees a man driving around with a pickup truck full of Squirrels. He pulls the guy over and says...
    "You can't drive around with squirrels in this town! Take them to the zoo immediately."
    The guy says "OK"... and drives away.
    The next day, the officer sees the guy still driving around with the truck full of squirrels, and they're all wearing sun glasses. He pulls the guy over and demands...
    "I thought I told you to take these squirrels to the zoo yesterday?"
    The guy replies...
    "I did . . . today I'm taking them to the beach!"

    February 14, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. hoofleau

    You commentators must all be high on something. There is no way any of you could fend off a tiger. This is an unusual story. I photographed Bengal tigers in Nepal back in the '70's for a national magazine I won't mention. You people would pee your pants!

    February 14, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. polishmillrite

    The nice kitty-kat ought to be p.o.ed at the guy's wife. After all, he just wanted some asian food.

    February 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Cesar

    @Izzy, hare hare hare. lol.

    February 15, 2011 at 6:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Billiam

    Let this be a lesson. Don't go squirrel hunting alone! Squirrel hunting. Hmm. Squirrel hunting. Nope, that just doesn't work.

    February 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Randy H

    Everybody loves hearing a story like this. I sure wish people would act this bravely in everyday things like confronting and fighting against injustice and personal sins like greed, abuse, etc. Alas most people sit idly by afraid when we see it in the workplace, neighborhood, and family. Lord, help me be like this lady in everyday things. Amen

    February 15, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. NotSoHumblePie

    The female of the species is always the most aggressive . . . and the most feared. Tigger smelt a female out for blood and ran. No surprises there.

    February 16, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Joe

    Wish I'd had her in my last bar fight.:)

    February 25, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. jean2009

    The second half of your name fits you.

    February 14, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. X

    Just goes to show how much you know about Muslims!

    February 14, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. angelad496

    Most tribal groups: Men Hunters & Women are Gatherers. Men get the meat, women get the veggies, so to speak. Let's just put you in front regardless....

    February 14, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. pisang

    most of malaya's orang asli (aborigines) still practice animism. only some embraced islam, baha'i or protestant.

    February 19, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
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