An elderly Californian hiker claims to have been savaged by a mountain lion, only to be saved by a bear.
69-year-old Robert Biggs, of Paradise, northern California, says he came across a mother bear, yearling, and cub sitting on a stream bank.
He stopped to watch them but, as he turned to leave, the mountain lion jumped on his back and knocked him to his knees.
He hit him on the head with a rock pick, then saw the bear grab the mountain lion by the neck. After a struggle, the mountain lion got free and ran away.
“I think the lion was stalking the bear’s cub and I got in the way,” Biggs told ABC News. “The bear walked calmly back to her cub after, and I wrapped my arm up with a T-shirt and went gold panning before I went home.”
Biggs said he had not worried before about encountering large animals in the area and would have no problem returning.
“I poured some hydrogen peroxide on my arm, and it feels fine,” Biggs said. “It’s black and blue from the wrist to the elbow and you can still see the puncture wounds, but it feels fine.”
Watch Robert Biggs recount how he was saved by a bear:
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