The rampaging big cat pounced on Tambun Dedin while he was hunting squirrels near his home in northern Malaysia.
Luckily for the rodent catcher his 55-year-old wife Han Besau heard his screams and ran to his rescue.
Speaking from hospital where he was being treated for cuts Tambun paid tribute to his brave wife.
"I was terrified and I used all my strength to punch the animal in the face, but it would not budge."
Tambun explained he had tried to climb a tree to escape on Saturday but the tiger had dragged him down.
He added: "I had to wrestle with it to keep its jaws away from me, and it would have clawed me to death if my wife had not arrived."
Local wildlife officials said rangers planned to track down the tiger and chase it deeper into the jungle where it would not pose a threat to people.
This original story was from 2010 - I repeat it because it has happened again!