There is something hypnotic in a tiger… She has that quality. She treads so softly that there is no sound, and you won’t know she’s there at all. But if she doesn’t like something, she’ll stop and hold your gaze. There’s a kind of psychological ballet: who will outstare who? In such cases, you should not suddenly turn tail because the scent of fear passes quickly. You must back off slowly, slowly — especially if the tiger has a kill, or if she’s a mother with cubs; She makes a step — you must not run away. And only when you leave the territory she thinks is hers, only then you can run.
The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival, by John Vaillant
(quoted from Reader’s Digest)