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. Lovely mama

    Never under estimate the power of kitchen tools and a true love act

    February 14, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. adam

    LOL i love the use of the word 'bopping' lol. got a hilarious mental picture of the wife 'bopping" the poor tiger furiously with her laddle LMFAO

    February 14, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tyhouston

    Yeah same brave villagers who move onto state protected tiger ground, build houses and wonder why tigers eat their kids....

    The same the state then sends troopers with guns to protect the tigers from them...

    February 14, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • NYPrincessTt

      Well, get your iphone out and text them to get off the tiger's land. They are members of an aboriginal tribe, dum dum. They would have gone for Buger King Drive through, but their car was in the shop...so they decided to hunt squirrels instead! By the way, while I have your attention, please tell me, is ignorance REALLY bliss, or is that one of those 'old wives tales'?

      February 14, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jack Spears

    Tiger deserves this blow on his head, after cheating on his wife.

    February 14, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jay In Florida

    Tigers rarely confront a victim that is looking at them face to face. They naturally attack only by surprise. Gutsy woman by the way. The tiger responded with his natural instinct to retreat when faced by an attacker. Despite being such powerful felines, they avoid confrontation and prefer to shy away. But that only works up to a certain point. If the tiger is hungry enough, or if the tiger feels trapped, then the tiger will not care about confronting however many people are in front of him. Luckily for this man and his wife, the tiger probably was killing for sport and not for hunger. Tigers are one of the very few animals that kill for sport. Had the tiger attacked out of being hungry, this story might have had a different outcome. Tiger 2, Humans 0. Bravo for the gutsy woman.

    February 14, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. DrMabuse

    Wo! Tough lady!

    February 14, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. kor

    It was a TRIBAL VILLAGE in MALAYSIA! You know one with nature and not "economy". And tigers can be startled away from attacking if you confuse it enough. And humans are an animal species after all.

    February 14, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. KillRepubtards

    I wish Sarah Palin would jump in front of a tiger...no one's in danger though, just want her to jump in front of a tiger.

    February 14, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. AP

    Oh! A real tiger. I thought this is another Tiger Woods news. 🙂

    February 14, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. HouseSpeakerJohnBoehner

    Hey guys, vote GOP in the next election. It's time to finish destroying this country. As long as us Republicans and Teabaggers have enough money when everything falls apart, we'll be able to move to another country and live like kings. Nothing will ever be bad for us as long as we continue to screw over the classes under us. And remember GOP means "Get Off on Pain." We derive pleasure from the average Americans citizens suffering!

    February 14, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • clarke

      Are you high?

      February 14, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NIck

    Save the tigers !!!!

    February 14, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. jeff, alabama

    How about the liberal nut job who tried to make this tiger story into
    a political article ? Man , go take another hit off your joint and chill out.
    This is all about a hero and a tiger attack. Geez Maneez !!!!!

    February 14, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Collin

    I hope they don't kill the tiger, I doubt they will since tigers are already endangered.

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

      Probably not, since they are waiting on a permit just to chase it deeper into the forest...

      February 14, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jus thinking

    Surely there is a way to blame the tiger on bush & the republicans. They could play obama speechs to the tiger. That would chase it away

    February 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jo

    Idiot. They've always been there. It's their village.

    February 14, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
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