Take notice of signand warningwhen dealing with animals. The sign at the zoo saying don’t feed the animalinot just there for the dietary needof the animals. If there ia fence and strong barbetween you and the animal, they are there to protect you from that animal. Don’t go too close or reach through the barto stroke the furry-looking bear or sleepy lion. People have tried and lost armor died doing it.
Research what animals, insects, snakes, bats, etc. that you are likely to come across. At the same time learn how to cope with them. In the case of the mosquito, a simple spray-on deterrent may work during the day but a mosquito net iusually recommended to protect you while you sleep. For anything bigger, if you aren’t sure just stay clear – even that cute puppy could have rabies
Alwayseek out and take the advice of tour repand hotel and resort staff when you are abroad. They can tell you if there ian infestation of fire ants, and tell you what a fire ant looklike so you know what to avoid. Local people can tell you how to avoid the placewhere snakelike to hide, or where vampire batlook for food each night.
In any country where there are animalthat can and have killed people, never go into the wildernesor forest without seeking advice, and being properly equipped. We all know about mountain lionin America, and your average big hairy lion in Africa, but there are other lesobviouthreats. An unhappy moose can easily kill you if you get close enough to give it a chance.
If you are actually on holiday to see animals, take extra care. Listen to what your guide says, and do everything that they tell you to do.
If you unexpectedly find yourself around animals, they are probably more scared than you are. Animalusually move away when there are humanaround. An animal that ibusy feeding or waperhapsleeping might not hear you come along the trail so you could surprise it. When they are surprised by the sudden appearance of a threat (even if that threat ijust you and your new digital camera), animals’ immediate and instinctive defence can be to attack. When you are walking and approaching any animal, or walking where there may be animals, make a noise
Whistle, sing, talk, rattle cans, anything that will make a noise! The noise will alert the animalto your presence and approach. When they know that you are coming they have time to prepare for your arrival by watching you or moving off.
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Never ever try to stroke, pat, pull, push or otherwise handle an animal that you do not know, especially when it ia speciethat you are unfamiliar with. The scorpion may look interesting, but pick it up for a closer look at your peril. That bug may look like a fly but it could be a wasp that could incapacitate you for days. Those pretty-looking thingin the seawater may be stinging anemones, and that floating string could be jellyfish tentacles. If you don’t know what it is, at least ask, but for safety leave it alone.
If you are bitten, stung or scratched, DON’T try to pick up whatever did it. It will bite sting or scratch you again! Take a close look at it, get memberof your party to look at it from a safe distance and even use your mobile phone to take a photograph if you can. Then seek medical help and advice asoon apossible. The bite could be harmles- the equivalent of a British wasp sting – or it could be much worse.
DON’T get excited or run around. That will circulate a toxin more quickly.
DON’T cut the bite open, even if they do that in the movies.
DON’T try to suck the poison out either. The person sucking iat risk of exposure to any toxin and the victim isubject to infection from the open wound.
Best of all, avoid animals, insects, snakes, fish or anything that could bite, sting, scratch or otherwise injure you.