Survival myths, a.k.a. urban (wilderness) legends are popular beliefs shared with friends that are usually very wrong. Let’s continue with myths 52-54
If a snake bites you, suck out the venom as soon as you can!
While walking in a grassy area full of vegetation, you suddenly feel a cold bite on your leg: a snake has bitten you. The venom will spread to all your body through your bloodstream. The more you move, the faster it will reach every part of your body. Unfortunately, and contrary to popular belief, you cannot just suck out the venom from the wound: it already started to spread. The only thing you can do is to rush straight to the hospital or wait for help to come.
The wildlife crisis. Some people think that once you go in the wild, you will end up in a bear’s stomach in no time.
Savage creatures like bears, lions, tigers, elephants or snakes are just waiting for you to come so they can kill you. This is far from the truth and most people never encounter any dangerous animal during their outdoor trips. You have more chances of dying from dehydration than from a bear’s attack. I’m not saying it never happens. Of course it does. Sadly, people have died due to encounters with wild animals. It’s just that the chance that it happens is very low and that you should focus on other things that would kill you way faster.
If you see a bear, run away.
This is another wrong myth. Not even the fastest man on earth could ever outrun a bear. When a bear runs, be prepared because he will catch you before you can even articulate a word. How can you survive then? Believe it or not, the bear will actually be as scared as you so you should try to make it run away. The best way to do this is to lift your arms up high and aggressively move them. The bear should perceive this as danger and might be the one running away. If this does not happen, step back slowly until you don’t see it anymore. And remember to never look the bear directly in the eyes since he could perceive it as a challenge.
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