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. baby sing

    horray for his brave wife. but next time the tiger may see this action as a buffet instead of single serve.

    February 14, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • jeryl

      LOL

      February 14, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      LOL! The tiger probably thought he'd get clear, before she pulled out the rolling pin!

      February 14, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • clarke

      That was a good one.

      February 14, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • arthurr

      A Clear moral to the story. DO NOT SHOOT SQUIRRELS!!!!

      February 14, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      I thought this was going to be a golf story

      February 14, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      Who's going to save Tiger from himself....haha

      February 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      I thought Tiger only went after sleezy white women.

      February 14, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • beelzabarber

      Tiger Woods is much more forward

      February 14, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • kayla

      You'd think that's what would happen...they both get attacked. I live around many wild mountain cats, and that's exactly what you're supposed to do. Hit them, throw rocks, beat them up. They always end leaving! (at least all the situations I've heard. Only people you hear of being attacked and dying didn't have someone there to beat the cat up or didn't have the strength to do it themselves)

      February 14, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • LARKIN

      SHE'S A BRAVE WOMAN AND A HONORABLE WIFE.

      February 15, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • greg

      Well i guess that gos to show you that both men and woman can serve as a protector of the family.

      February 16, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. beezo

    Lol this makes me think of that kat williams bit about the person who went in the tigers cage and got f-ed up

    February 14, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. leeintulsa

    Reminds me of the old lady driving off jewelry store thieves with her purse. It's the year of the old ladies

    February 14, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Julia

      55 isn't an old lady!! "Tough broad," maybe...

      February 14, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      Age is a state of mind, no matter the years.

      February 14, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • collins61

      State of Mind? Sure, when I see a 55 yea rold in a bathing suit, I just adjust MY state of mind and Abre Cadaver, Its the taught bum of a 19 year old.

      February 14, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Ralph

      What are you 5? 55 is not old by any measure.

      February 14, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • JEff B

      Uh..yeah, Collins – tell that to Jane Seymor at 59.

      February 14, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • MikeofLA

      55 is quite old for a Malaysian women, who lives in a village that requires her husband to hunt squirrels for food.

      February 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • happygirl1952

      Age is relative...to a ten year old 20 is old...to a 30 something 50 looks old and for a 50 year old 70 is ancient...we all are aging.

      But I regress – Kudos to the "old" babes.

      P.s. -The thing with aging you gain experience, knowlege and acceptance, something the young seem to forget but will soon learn.

      February 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • myshlei

      that "taught bum of a 19 year old" would most likely be running away from the tiger. kudos to the tough broad!!

      February 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. beezo

    I wonder if that tigers name was Tony????

    February 14, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Travis

      ugh....really? I don't think this reply was so gggggggggreeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaatttttttttttt!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol

      February 14, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. crabby

    awesome woman with pretty big balls! My husband would have been dinner!

    February 14, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • guest

      must love you husband a lot, lucky man

      February 14, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeev

      LOL.. thanks for the comment, it was funny,

      February 14, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • collins61

      Sounds like the better option for your husband.

      February 14, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • JEff B

      I think MY wife would have given the tiger a fork and knife !

      February 14, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Pete

    It'd be good if they had some device around their neck that put out a high pitch sound that repelled annoyed tigers but humans didn't hear while they were out walking around in the jungle.

    February 14, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • HungryTiger

      A sound like a dinner bell?

      February 14, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Fran

      OMG; you can save money on a repellant device and just wear my wife around your neck; her high pitched screaming can only be heard by felines and canines

      February 14, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • tom

      Fran...that is one of the best lines I have heard today. I laughed out loud 🙂

      February 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yabba

      Where is Yoko when you need her?

      February 14, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Maryland, USA

    We could use fewer Tiger Mothers like Amy Chua, and more Tiger Wives like Han Besou.

    February 14, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • angelad496

      I totally agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      February 14, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • AMEN

      i agree

      February 14, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • goat

      this.

      February 14, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. Eli

    Elin Nordegren has kin in Malaysia?

    February 14, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • ric

      now that is very funny..thank you Eli

      February 14, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Anders

      very funny indeed... the best of all comments... had a good laugh...ahahaa...LOL

      February 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tony the Tiger

    I'll be back, old woman. And this time, I'm bringing my wife.

    February 14, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • myshlei

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! awesome!

      February 14, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • meredith

      lol that wass halarious i was laughing so hard

      February 14, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. EternalBliss

    Ha... And then she said... "Happy Valentines Day!"

    February 14, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • rockale

      hahahahaha

      February 14, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • rockale

      i like the Valentimes Day one so kool

      February 14, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. knitpickin

    I am curious as to why a permit is needed to chase the tiger further into the jungle.

    February 14, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • X

      It has something to do with protection of wild animals. The Tiger is endangered, need permit to do such thing. Of course, if it's in the midst of attacking someone, just do whatever's necessary – no need to wait for permit!

      February 14, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • a little sad

      if it's in the midst of attacking someone, just do whatever's necessary – no need to wait for permit!

      If there ever was a "better to ask forgiveness than permission" situation, I would say this is it!

      February 14, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whatever

      Duh! Its called a "DRIVERS PERMIT" : )

      February 14, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. hmmmm...

    Malaysian villagers, They're Grrrrreat!

    February 14, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bob Frapples

    Do you have to Disclose the Tiger Attack when you sell your Mud Hut? What does your Realtor say?

    Mmmm Squirrels...Runnnn!

    February 14, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. liza

    Sounds fishy to me. If a tiger wants you for dinner I think you're dead in a 20 seconds.

    February 14, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Mayte

      Maybe the tiger felt threatened and wasn't hunting for its food. Cats attack to protect their land as well as for hunting.

      February 14, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      Yeah, I'm fairly sure this one is fake. Has this story been vetted?

      February 14, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. Really???

    That tiger ran into a lioness!

    February 14, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Musomesa

      The tiger had probably not received grief from any animal but another tiger in a long time and decided not to find out what this creature would do to him.

      February 14, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
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