A bear tried to eat 26-year-old Chase Dellwo’s head while he was bow hunting for elk in Montana. From the Great Falls Tribune:
It wasn’t until he was just three feet away that he realized he was approaching a bear that had been sleeping. The windy conditions meant the bear was as surprised as Dellwo.
“I had an arrow nocked, and I put my bow up in front of me and took two or three steps back,” he said. “There wasn’t any time to draw my bow back.”
After biting him several times, the bear left when Dellwo shoved his arm down its throat after remembering that he once read an article that said that “large animals have bad gag reflexes.” (I couldn’t find such an article in the Nexis news database, though that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.) He was treated with hundreds of stitches on his head, face, and leg. But:
“I want everyone to know that it wasn’t the bear’s fault, he was as scared as I was,” Dellwo said from his hospital bed at Benefis Health System Sunday afternoon.
Very nice! Forgiveness is a wonderful blessing. “For lo, the poor and the children and the bears of the forest shall be forgiven unto the Lord,” Jesus (may have) said.