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Last Updated: Tuesday February 15 2011 17:19 GMT

Soup ladle stops tiger attack in northern Malaysia

A tiger

A man has been rescued from the teeth of a tiger in northern Malaysia by his wife and one of her cooking utensils.

Tambun Gediu was outside near his home when he was attacked by a tiger. When he tried to climb a tree to escape it, the animal dragged him back down.

But when Gediu's wife used her wooden soup ladle to hit the tiger on the head, it fled the scene.

Wildlife rangers plan to track the beast and send it further into the unpopulated jungle nearby.