A New Brunswick man is recovering after a bear attack left with him with lacerations and bite marks, but the bear did not get away unscathed either. According to the CBC, Gilles Cyr was taking a walk through his woodlot earlier this month when a black bear approached him. With little warning, the bear pushed Cyr to the ground and began mauling him. Cyr says he instinctively grabbed the first thing presented to him when the bear opened its mouth: the tongue. The man maintained a firm grip on the appendage throughout the struggle and managed to prevent any severe bites. Every time the bear attempted to munch down on Cyr, it would instead bite its own tongue.

“For a second, I thought I was dead […] that’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you open your eyes and see that friggin’ mouth full of teeth and a tongue in there. It’s like […] an extreme sport,” Cyr said.

The man was eventually able to escape with the bear in pursuit. The animal followed for a distance but broke off the chase abruptly, allowing Cyr to find medical attention. Luckily, he only suffered only scratches to his belly and a bite to his knee.

Although it was an unorthodox bear defense method, reaching into the animal’s mouth may have prevented more serious injuries. Wildlife officials are currently considering whether the animal should be considered a nuisance and destroyed.

An interview with Cyr can be seen below:

Image courtesy National Park Service

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  • clarknova

    And thus was coined the phrase “taking the bear by the tongue”.

  • Ronald R. Johnson

    Would love to see Obama’s head in it’s mouth, LOSED shut tight!

    • mac12sam12

      Only in our most beautiful dreams.

  • djdeer

    did the right thing when attacked by black bear , fight fight fight

  • Paladin

    Same thing with a dog. If it attacks and you can’t get away, as it bites, put your hand down its throat and grab its tongue if you can, it cant bite hard. With your other hand choke its airway.

  • David McElroy

    Smart move! I’m sure the bear was left speechless by the surprise tactic.

  • Dave

    I wonder if we could shut obama up if someone could pull his tongue….. like down to the floor…

    • Flybob

      Damn dreamers! Won’t work on the fraud in chief! Try grabbing a fork and see if you can hold onto it! Azzhole has a forked tongue!

      • Dave

        Well flybob,
        Maybe if you grab one fork and I the other side, maybe 2 patriots can split it all the way to the brain he sits on. What you think?

      • Flybob

        Yeah…I’m cool with that! hehe I used to not wish any harm to the admin because if there were a martyr we wouldn’t have a damn telephone pole or mud puddle that wasn’t named after them. I’ve been convinced that it doesn’t matter any more. The country is more important. Incarceration and disgrace would still be preferable but whatever it takes now is pretty ok with me. We’re about to lose our country, if we haven’t already.

  • cjleete

    If you rub the bear’s belly, you’ll put it to sleep.