There have been many reports of animals attacking visitors in Zoos and on wildlife safaris. Some of them escaped, while a few were not fortunate enough. The latest incident involves a lion attacking a vehicle at the Bannerghatta National Park in Bangalore.
The lion attacked a visitor's vehicle (Toyota Innova) and luckily, nobody was outside their vehicle at the time. Nobody was hurt either, apart from their senses that were given a hard rattle. Again, the Lion could have been in a playful mood, but the claws did enough damage to the vehicle.
So what are a few things that need to be kept in mind to avoid such incidents? Well, the first and foremost is respect for animals. What one should keep in mind is that they are not show pieces and they need to be treated with respect. They are powerful and it is their natural instinct to hunt and kill.
Before setting out on a safari, be it to Bannerghatta National Park or even to Africa - know what kind of animals are around and what one can encounter. This will keep you and your family aware of the risks involved.
If you have planned a safari, opt for vehicles offered by the park. One key reason for this is drivers have done the trail so many times and are well aware of the road. If you still insist on taking your own vehicle, make sure your vehicle is in top running condition, and is preferably a 4X4.
The next important tip to keep in mind is not to carry food. Animals are attracted to food and if they sense food in your vehicle, they will surely try to make their way in and people could get hurt. Avoid carrying meat and other related products strictly.
Do not stop at undesignated areas — keep moving. Stopping your vehicle will gain unwanted attention and just the sound of you engine is enough to scare an animal, which would lead it to attack you. Also, keep you family members informed, because most places will not have mobile networks, and it is better to keep people around you informed.
The final tip to keep in mind is to never get out of your vehicle, no matter what the situation is. Stay in your vehicle and if there's network, call for help and people will come get you. Getting off the vehicle puts you directly in the line of attack. Also remember to keep your windows rolled up.