A lucky Montana man mauled by a grizzly bear lived to tell about his experience and even posted a video about the ordeal to Facebook before he received medical care. The video has already been shared 21 million times because it contains an important message about bears.
Todd Orr, 50, headed out for a hike on Saturday morning. While he was careful to shout every so often to let bears know he was around and give them a chance to back away, the plan didn’t work.
A mother grizzly with two cubs saw Orr and charged him. Orr used bear spray to try to fend off the bears, but that failed too.
In his post, Orr said he went face-down in the dirt and wrapped his arms around his neck for protection. The bear was on top of him biting his arms, shoulders and backpack, reported KTVQ.
“The force of each bite was like a sledge hammer with teeth. She would stop for a few seconds and then bite again. Over and over. After a couple minutes, but what seemed an eternity, she disappeared,” a bloodied Orr said in the video.
Orr did have a pistol on him, but it was torn from its holster during the attack.
When Orr thought it was safe to get up, he ran toward his truck — only to be attacked again. He had to play dead while the bear ravaged his arms and head. Finally the bear left Orr alone, and he made it back to his truck.
He drove 17 miles to the Madison Valley Medical Center in Ennis. Once there, he needed several hours of surgery to stitch him back together, including a 5-inch gash above his right ear.
Orr said he was grateful to be alive. You can watch the video here. Warning: Language might be offensive to some.
What an amazing story of survival.
If you’re headed out to the wilderness this fall, always be careful, alert and prepared. It may be beautiful, but it can be dangerous.
H/T ENT Imports
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