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Man Attacked by Lion, Saved by Bear!

The fact that 69-year-old Robert Biggs survived an attack by a mountain lion is not the biggest story here. His rescuer is.

Biggs, a naturist from Paradise, CA, was hiking near his home when he stumbled across a bear family on the trail. Biggs explained that bears are very territorial, and that as a frequent hiker on the trail, he had encountered this mother bear before.

He observed the bear family, even going so far as to play a game of  “patty cake” with one of the cubs. The mother bear’s only reaction was to call the cub back.

As Biggs turned to leave, a mountain lion pounced on him, knocking him to the ground, and sinking all four of its’ paws into his backpack. Biggs theorizes that the mountain lion was stalking one of the bear cubs but turned on him instead.

He was lucky he had a backpack: Biggs states that because his backpack ended up above his head, the mountain lion attached itself to it, rather than it’s usual method of killing prey, which is to sink all four sets of claws into its victim’s head. He managed to hit the mountain lion with a rock pick, which caused it to scream, but it didn’t relent.

That’s when the mother bear charged the mountain lion and tore the cat loose from the backpack. Biggs estimated the cat and bear fought for about 15 seconds before the cat ran off. The bear also continued on its way. Biggs escaped with some nasty cuts and gashes, primarily on his forearm.

So will this incident keep Biggs from hiking? Not according to his wife, Suzanne, who stated, “he doesn’t learn.”

Source: www.paradisepost.com

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About phdinweed
Father of 2 sons on the autism spectrum, wage slave, socially functional nerd of all sorts. Just entered my 40's, but still love video games (RPGs especially), cartoons, fart jokes, and getting nice.

One Response to Man Attacked by Lion, Saved by Bear!

  1. Wild animals are amazing!

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