Saturday, November 3, 2018

Inktober 2018 Day 11

It May Not Be An Effective Deterrent:

Back in the late 80’s I read a New York Times article on how people who worked in a forest preserve in the Sundarbans avoided tiger attacks by wearing human face masks on the back of their heads. Presumably, the tigers were thus convinced that it was impossible to sneak up on them.

I liked this story so much that I have repeated it on several occasions over the last two decades. This time, however, I thought maybe I should check to see if I had it right.  I did find the original article. But based on my cursory google research, it seems that the masks’ effectiveness has waned. The tigers have wised up. 

A rear facing mask probably wouldn’t work in my house either. 

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