One morning, a tiger attacked the father of 14-year-old Yang Xiang, gripping him and dragging him into the forest. Yang Xiang followed heroically, leaping onto the tiger’s back. With all his strength, the boy choked the animal, which fought for its breath and dropped Yang Xiang’s father before retreating to the forest—its tail between its legs. Yang Xiang’s father was in shock, but otherwise unhurt. News of the heroism reached neighbors, who praised the boy’s bravery and devotion.