A Canadian man wasn’t about to let another animal kill his best friend, so he caught up to it and punched it in the face – and then realized it was a cougar!
Will Gibb had stopped for coffee at a Tim Horton’s in Whitecourt, Alberta, Canada, where he let his dogs, Sasha and Mongo out of his truck to stretch their legs in the restaurant’s parking lot. Within seconds of letting the dogs out, he heard Sasha, a Husky, yelp in pain.
“She (Sasha) was crying out in pain and distress so I went running,” Gibb, a 31-year-old technician, told CBC “And I saw something wrapped around her so I ran up and punched it in the side of the head.
“At that point I realized it was a cougar.”
He continued swinging at the cougar who pawed at him repeatedly until an injured Sasha ran off. That’s when the cat zeroed in on Mongo who was sniffing around at the edge of the nearby trees.
“I could see the cougar going for him, so I got between him and the cougar and started swinging and screaming at it, and called for my brother and friend to come give a hand,” Gibb said. “And then I reached down for the closest, biggest stick that I could find and I ran back into the trees to go fight the cougar.”
Gibb got both dogs safely back to his truck and rushed Sasha to a veterinary clinic about a block away.
“She had bite wounds around her neck and claw tears on her belly, under her armpits,” said Jordan Bremmekamp, the veterinarian who treated the husky. “I had to sew up some of her wounds. They tore into her muscle. It’s a pretty painful situation she’s in, but she’s doing fine.”
Gibb was left with deep claw marks on his arms.
After the attack, police consulted with Whitecourt Fish and Wildlife officials before locating and killing the cougar.