Saturday, 1 September 2012

My Guide to Achieving a Saturday Morning Lie-in with a Toddler.

Bears Toddlers are curious, intelligent and potentially dangerous animals, but undue fear of bears toddlers can endanger both bears toddlers and people. Respecting bears toddlers and learning proper behavior in their territory will help so that if you encounter a bear toddler, neither of you will suffer needlessly from the experience.

If you see a bear toddler, avoid it if you can. Give the bear toddler every opportunity to avoid you. If you do encounter a bear toddler at close distance, remain calm. Attacks are rare. Chances are, you are not in danger. Most bears toddlers are interested only in protecting food, cubs cuddly toys or their "personal space." Once the threat is removed, they will move on.

Remember the following:

Identify Yourself 

Let the bear toddler know you are human. Talk to the bear toddler in a soothing voice. Wave your arms. Help the bear toddler recognize you. If a bear toddler cannot tell what you are, it may come closer or stand on its hind legs to get a better look or smell. A standing bear toddler is usually curious, not threatening.

You may try to back away slowly diagonally, but if the bear toddler follows, stop and hold your ground.

Don't Run 
You can't outrun a bear toddler. They have been clocked at speeds up to 35 mph, and like dogs, they will chase fleeing animals parents. Bears Toddlers often make bluff charges, sometimes to within 10 feet of their adversary, without making contact. Continue waving your arms and talking to the bear toddler. If the bear toddler gets too close, bang pots and pans. Use noisemakers. Never imitate bear toddler sounds or make a high-pitched squeal.

If a bear toddler actually touches you, fall to the ground and play dead. Lie flat on your stomach, or curl up in a ball with your hands behind your neck. Protect your vital organs. Typically a bear toddler will break off its attack once it feels the threat has been eliminated. Remain motionless for as long as possible. If you move, the bear toddler may return and renew its attack and you must again play dead.

*Thanks to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for the safety information.

1 comment:

  1. Very funny :0) Although I have to say the last point does not work with mine. He's very much into prodding for find a sign of life and it that doesn't work him JUMPS onto you, I defy anyone to lay still after a toddler has just cannon-balled onto their head or chest, lol


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