A drug that can treat bites from tigers and other big cats is still unavailable, doctors have warned.
Despite lacking venom, tigers and some of the spotty ones can still be a nuisance if they sink their teeth into a handy limb.
“It’s not just fur allergies that pose a risk to humans”, said Dr Evans. “The bite itself can cause some discomfort. Although that’s not to say it wouldn’t be prudent to take an antihistamine anyway.”
Following an attack, the victim isn’t always sure what type of cat they’ve fallen victim to, making the need for a universal treatment all the more necessary.
“If you do get bitten, try and pop the animal in a bag and bring it with you”, suggested Evans. “You might get lucky, it may not have been a biting cat at all.”
“For instance, this man here came in claiming he’d been mauled by a lion, but a cursory check suggested he’d actually been bitten by a shark.
“And when we looked closer, it turned out to be a dolphin. So he’s fine now.”