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Man survives bear attack by grabbing its tongue

Published On: Oct 14 2013 09:46:45 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 14 2013 09:45:39 AM CDT
Man grabs bear's tongue


Pinned down by a black bear near his home in Canada, Gilles Cyr grabbed the bull by the, er, tongue.

Cyr was on his woodlot in New Brunswick when the bear came charging out of the woods at him, the CBC reported.

Instinct took over, and Cyr reached into the bear's gaping mouth -- and grabbed its tongue.

"When I opened up my eyes it was on top of me -- with the friggin’ noise, it’s crazy the way it growls," Cyr told the CBC. "Right from the stomach. It’s not from the mouth, it’s just inside. His mouth was wide open right in front of my face so the last thing I remember I had his tongue in my hand and I didn’t want to let go because he was trying to fight me off.

"So he was hitting me with his claws, so I says, 'If you’re going to hurt me, I’m going to hurt you too.' So he was biting his tongue at the same time."

Cyr was eventually able to escape behind a nearby tree, and the bear eventually lost interest and ambled off, according to

He suffered only minor injuries, including scratches to his stomach and a bite mark on his knee.


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