How To Outrun A T-Rex And Other Dangerous Animals


Ever since the dawn of cinema, the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex has instilled terror in our hearts with its thunderous stomps and bone-crushing bite. While encountering one is unlikely (thankfully, they’re extinct), the primal fear of being chased by a predator is very real. But fear not, intrepid explorers and curious minds alike! This entry will explore the (admittedly improbable) scenario of facing a T-Rex, and more importantly, offer strategies for outrunning not only this prehistoric giant but also other dangerous animals you might encounter in the wild. So lace up your running shoes, dust off your survival instincts, and get ready for a wild ride (pun intended) through the world of animal evasion!

#5 Bear

Whether you encounter a bear that hasn’t noticed you or one that’s fully aware, staying calm is key. Avoid running, which can trigger a chase. If the bear is unaware, move away quietly. If it has spotted you, stand your ground and speak calmly. The bear might bluff with a charge or show defensive signs like growling. Talk in a firm voice to let it know you’re human. Make yourself look larger by picking up children and staying together. Back away slowly, never dropping your pack which can offer protection. If necessary, wait for the bear to leave or make a detour around it. But remember, if the bear gets too close, assess the situation and be prepared to use your bear spray.

#4 Wasps

Resisting the urge to swat or flee is crucial when encountering a wasp. While your first instinct might be to run, this actually provokes them to chase. Instead, stay calm and still. Wasps are generally uninterested in bothering humans unless they feel threatened. If you do find yourself pursued by a lone wasp or even a swarm, a short burst of straight-line running (50-100 feet) is your best bet. They typically won’t venture far from their nest to defend it, so this quick dash can provide a successful escape.

Unlike wasps, yellow jackets are notorious for their aggression. Standing still when a yellow jacket gets agitated is a recipe for trouble. Your best course of action is to flee! While you can outrun a yellow jacket, be prepared for a chase – some have been known to pursue for up to a mile. Here’s the important part: don’t seek shelter indoors or water, as yellow jackets will relentlessly follow you and wait for you to emerge, respectively.

#3 Snake

Similar to all wild animals, snakes also are most likely to shun away from you. While encountering a snake might be unnerving, they’re unlikely to chase you. Even venomous snakes like cobras primarily defend themselves with bites, not pursuits. If you find yourself too close, stay calm and slowly back away, keeping your eyes on the snake. Once at a safe distance, you can turn and run in a straight line.

Human speed easily surpasses any snake. Remember, for any fleeing situation, avoid the S or zig-zag pattern. That is a myth. Running in that pattern covers more ground and makes you a very predictable target. Stick to a straight shot for the quickest escape.

#2 Crocodile

In 2016, a video of a woman scaring away a crocodile with her flip-flop in Kakadu National Park went viral. The tactic might be successful (and dramatic) however, that’s an exception, not the rule. 

When you see a crocodile, resist the urge to make a scene. Back away slowly and avoid sudden movements. Splashing is a surefire way to attract attention. If a croc approaches, ditch the flip-flops (for better running speed) and bolt in a straight line. Forget the zig-zag myth – humans can easily outrun crocodiles on land!

#1 T-Rex

Despite its immense size and power – rows of bone-crushing teeth, a giraffe-like neck, and elephantine weight – a T-Rex wouldn’t be the swift pursuer depicted in movies. Biologists explain that the sheer mass of a T-Rex works against it. As an animal grows larger, the strength needed to support its body increases exponentially. This means a T-Rex’s leg bones, while powerful, would likely shatter under the stress of high speeds.

Estimates suggest their top speed wouldn’t exceed 12-13 miles per hour, roughly the pace of a fit human runner. So, while the T-Rex’s intimidating size and bite are undeniable, its lumbering gait might give you a fighting chance to escape.


While the thrill of outrunning a prehistoric predator might be a fun thought experiment, the real takeaway from this exploration is the importance of wildlife awareness. By understanding animal behavior and respecting their space, we can significantly reduce the risk of dangerous encounters. Remember, even common creatures like wasps and yellow jackets can pose a threat if provoked. So, the next time you’re exploring the great outdoors, stay alert, be informed, and prioritize peaceful coexistence with the amazing creatures that share our planet.

Image—Universal Pictures

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