9 SURVIVAL MYTHS THAT COULD ACTUALLY HURT YOU

9 SURVIVAL MYTHS THAT COULD ACTUALLY HURT YOU

How to survive a wild animal attack? How to survive in the wild? There are many rules out there explaining how to behave in emergency situations. But are all of them really that effective?
We at Bright Side have found out that some of those survival tips are actually myths that are not only useless but also potentially dangerous.

TIMESTAMPS
If you’re bitten by a snake, you need to suck the position out 0:26
If you get lost in the forest, you need to find some food 0:56
A lean-to is a great shelter from bad weather 1:22
The fluid in a cactus can save you from dying of thirst 1:43
If you encounter a bear on the trail, play dead 2:05
If an animal eats something, you can eat it, too 2:29
Moss grows on the north side of a tree 2:48
If someone gets hypothermia, put them into a hot tub 3:03
If a shark attacks you, you should punch it in its nose 3:30

SUMMARY
– Snake venom enters the bloodstream extremely quickly, and it doesn’t accumulate at the bitten area. Trying to suck it out is ineffective! The better solution is to get to the hospital as quickly as possible.
– A healthy person can live without food for quite a long time: up to 6 weeks. Your first priority is actually to find a source of safe drinking water and build a shelter where you can hide from extreme weather.
– Before you get started on a suitable shelter, you should assess your surroundings and weather conditions. You need a shelter that can protect you from the wind, rain, or scorching sun.
– Most of the time, cacti are poisonous. Drinking their fluid will make you sick, causing you to vomit up precious liquid and leaving you more dehydrated.
– If you suddenly see a bear, stop and back away slowly, keeping a close eye on the bear. Also, keep your distance! This will show the bear that you don’t have any pretensions of its territory.
– Some berries and mushrooms that are deadly to humans aren’t poisonous to many animals and birds. So you can eat only those berries and mushrooms you can accurately identify as edible species without a doubt.
– Moss can grow on all sides of a tree – it depends on environmental conditions. Don’t rely on this popular myth while trying to find your way out of the forest, or you will get lost.
– Never rub the frostbitten areas because this may cause further tissue damage. You also shouldn’t use hot water or a heating lamp to warm the victim. Instead, you should warm the person’s core up gradually in order not to cause shock to their body.
– Eyes and gills of the shark are much more vulnerable. Also, try to put a solid object between you and the animal – for example, a diving mask or swim board.

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