We have been besieged by all kinds of terrifying accounts of wild animal attacks this year. Sharks biting pro surfers on live TV. Selfie takers attacked by Buffaloes. Mountain lions dining on hikers. It’s been a rough time for outdoor adventurers, apparently. Of course, these are extreme stories that happen on rare occasions. Nevertheless they are disturbing, and cause to be more alert in the wilderness than usual. It’s also cause to bone up on your self-defense skills. Hand to hand combat is sometimes your last resort when it comes to aggressive animal encounters, as illustrated by these stories…
Hunter Survives Grizzly Attack…By Shoving Arm Down Bear’s Throat
Chase Dellwo was doing what he loves best—bow hunting. He was in the high country of Montana, braving high winds, rain and even some snow to keep track of a herd of elk that were passing through. Everything was going fine when Dellwo accidently came across a bear sleeping by a creek. Now, the old adage says let sleeping dogs lie. The same goes for sleeping bears. However, Dellwo didn’t see the bear until it was too late. The 400 pound behemoth tossed Dellwo around like a rag doll, and would have killed him if he didn’t do something drastic—like push his arm down the bear’s throat. It worked. The bear left him alone after that. Now Dellwo has extensive damage to his arm and an incredible story to tell.
Boy Punches Shark to Save Brother
Brotherly love is exceptional. It transcends emotions, transcends time and place, it even transcends a person’s survival instincts if the situation is dire enough. And seventeen year old Bobby Anderson found himself in one of those situations recently. While swimming in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Galveston, Texas, Bobby’s brother, Gregory Slaughter, 13, started screaming for help. That’s when Bobby sprang into action. He ran to his brother and started punching at the thing attacking Gregory. He wasn’t sure what kind, but knew it was a shark. Luckily, the brothers escaped with only minor injuries.
Man Punches Cougar In The Face To Save His Wiener Dog’s Life
I can understand the reasoning. If some wildcat pounced on my precious little pet, I would have done the same thing as Shawn Hanson. During a fishing trip in British Columbia, the ex-military man and his beloved wiener dog had the scare of a lifetime. A cougar snuck up and snatched his dog. It was about to make a meal of the poor pooch when Hanson acted out of instinct and attacked the animal that was attacking his dog. And Hanson didn’t just try to shoo the cat away, he landed some hefty haymakers, knocking the cat out cold.
Hero Dad Punches Shark Attacking His Child
North Carolina has seen its fair share of shark encounters this past summer, and Patrick Thornton thought for a minute that his son, Jack, was going to be another statistic. When the child began to exhibit signs of extreme distress while wading at the beach, Thornton ran to help. He picked up the boy and carried him to shore, and when he did he felt a shark take a big chunk out of his leg. That’s when he started punching the shark. But it wasn’t over. The shark kept coming, so Thornton used his own body to shield his son from the fish’s sharp teeth. Of course Thornton is being praised as a hero, which is well deserved.