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Man Saves His Dog from Cougar Attack

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A Canadian man came to his dog’s rescue earlier this week when he unknowingly punched a cougar that had latched onto the neck of his pet husky.

The day after Christmas, Will Gibb was driving to work with his brother, Thomas, when the two stopped at a Tim Horton’s in Alberta to meet a friend. He let his husky, Sasha, and Alaskan malamute, Mongo, out of his truck so they could go to the bathroom in a wooded area behind the restaurant.

Soon after that, Gibb heard Sasha yelping calls of distress. “She was crying out in pain and distress so I went running,” Gibb explains. “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.”

Gibb then ran at the cougar to drive it back into the woods. He then picked up Sasha, who at that point was bleeding and twitching on the ground.

But the cougar came back a second time. “I was still throwing punches toward the cougar. The cougar was kind of pawing back at me,” Gibb describes.

The cougar then caught site of Mongo. “I could see the cougar going for him, so I got between him and the cougar and started swinging and screaming at it,” says Gibb, who picked up a stick and ran at the cougar to keep it at bay. Some how, he was unharmed during his tussle with the cougar.

Meanwhile, Thomas and Gibb’s friend, Travis, were able to get Sasha into his truck, taking her to a nearby veterinarian. Vets were able to stitch up Sasha, who suffered wounds to her neck and chest, as well as a few other cuts and bruises. She is now back at home recovering.

Unfortunately, authorities had to kill the cougar, who was still lingering in the area when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrived. Sgt. Jack Poitras of the RCMP says Gibb’s quick actions likely saved his dog’s life.

“All that was going through my mind is that I had to protect my dog,” Gibb said about his encounter with the cougar. “It was all about protecting her.”