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An American hunter has recalled the harrowing moment he was attacked not once but twice by a hungry grizzly bear.
Todd Orr was hunting for elk in the Madison Valley close to Seattle when he spotted a bear and its cubs on the path ahead, ITV News reports.
The protective mother bear immediately spotted Todd and charged, knocking him to the ground and mauling the would-be hunter as he lay on the ground.
Todd explained how he attempted to protect himself:
I went to my face in the dirt and wrapped my arms around the back of my neck for protection. She was on top of me biting my arms, shoulders and backpack. The force of each bite was like a sledge hammer with teeth.
After ‘what seemed like an eternity’ for Todd the bear stopped its vicious attack and left the scene. Realising his injuries weren’t fatal and thanking god for his lucky escape Todd decided to put some distance between him and the bear.
Unfortunately for Todd he’d only gone five or ten minutes down the trail when the angry mama bear reappeared, once again knocking him to the ground and savaging him as he lay there.
Todd described his second ordeal:
Again I protected the back of my neck with my arms, and kept tight against the ground to protect my face and eyes. She slammed down on top of me and bit my shoulder and arms again.
One bite on my forearm went through to the bone and I heard a crunch. My hand instantly went numb and wrist and fingers were limp and unusable. The sudden pain made me flinch and gasp for breath.
The sound triggered a frenzy of bites to my shoulder and upper back. I knew I couldn’t move or make a sound again so I huddled motionless. Another couple bites to my head and a gash opened above my ear, nearly scalping me. The blood gushed over my face and into my eyes.
I didn’t move. I thought this was the end. She would eventually hit an artery in my neck and I would bleed out in the trail… but I knew that moving would trigger more bites so a laid motionless hoping it would end.
Now injured with a huge bear stood on top of him Todd did the only thing he could do to escape, nothing.
Miraculously this worked and the ferocious bear left the scene allowing Todd to escape a second time putting as much distance between him and the angry bear.
Being made of sterner stuff than you or I, Todd actually managed to get to his truck and drive himself to hospital where shocked doctors set his broken bones and stitched him back together.
Todd’s story is startlingly similar to events in the Academy award winning film The Revenant, which saw Leonardo DiCaprio play real life frontiersman Hugh Glass and his struggle to survive in the wild after being attacked by a bear.
Thankfully Todd didn’t have to murder Tom Hardy when he made it back to civilisation though…