Then Drives Himself to the Hospital
A crazed grizzly tore off part of a park ranger’s scalp, half of an ear and several puncture wounds.
Miraculously, he survives and managed to drive himself to the hospital.
“Suddenly I was just run over,” Jordan Carbery said. “It felt like two football players tackling me. The next thing I realize is that the bear had my head in its mouth and was picking me up.”
Park Ranger Carberry had gone outside of his home in Bella Coola, British Columbia, to investigate a noise. He spotted a couple of bear cubs in one of his cherry trees. Then he saw the mother bear.
“I looked over to see a sow grizzly bear looking right at me and heading straight for me,” he said.
Carbery recalled attempting to escape the situation, but wasn’t fast enough.
“I instantly turned and tried to get back to the house,” he said. “I was only 40 feet out of the house. All of a sudden I just got tackled from behind and sent flying.”
Carbery fought hard to get the beast off of him.
“I kicked her in the face three times at least, and then I tried to hit her in the face in the snout,” he said. “She was like a prize boxer. She was so fast.”
Somehow Carbery managed to get back to the house. He had lost his phone during the attack and was unable to call for help, quickly thinking he grabbed his car keys and made a dash for his vehicle. The bear was still there, and she charged him once more but didn’t commit.
Once Carbery got to his car, he began driving to the hospital, still unsure of the extent of his injuries.
“I was mostly concerned with my abdomen because I thought she had split me open,” he said. “I thought my guts were hanging out.”
Glancing in the rearview mirror startled him.
“I was covered in blood,” he said. “I had my arm over my belly, I’m changing gears and driving with my other arm and I’m saying to myself, ‘Don’t pass out, don’t pass out.'”
He made it to the hospital, where he was transferred to Vancouver General Hospital with multiple injuries, including a torn scalp, a severed ear and several puncture wounds from the bear’s canines.
Astonishingly, Carbery kept his sense of humor about the ordeal, posting photos of his injuries and several messages on facebook.
Officials determined that the bear was clearly defending her cubs, so there’s no plan to put the bear down.
Carbery was pleased to hear this, he can emphatize that the bear was just behaving in a natural and predictable manner.
“It wasn’t the bear’s fault at all,” he said. “It was me dropping my guard and walking out into a situation that was already charged.”