If you are looking for an example that defines the viral and social sharing era we are living in then look no further than the Facebook video posted by US hiker Todd Orr yesterday which has already been viewed more than 31 million times. Orr posted the selfie video immediately after he was badly mauled by a female Grizzly bear protecting her cubs in the Montana mountains.
Here’s the video he posted
And Orr explaining what happened.
Thought I should share yesterday morning’s Grizzly incident.
I took an early morning hike in the Madison valley to scout for elk. Knowing that bears are common throughout southwest Montana, I hollered out “hey bear” about every 30 seconds so as to not surprise any bears along the trail.
About three miles in, I stepped out into an open meadow and hollered again. A few more steps and I spotted a sow Grizzly bear with cubs on the trail at the upper end of the meadow. The sow saw me right away and they ran a short distance up the trail. But suddenly she turned and charged straight my way. I yelled a number of times so she knew I was human and would hopefully turn back. No such luck. Within a couple seconds, she was nearly on me. I gave her a full charge of bear spray at about 25 feet. Her momentum carried her right through the orange mist and on me.
I went to my face in the dirt and wrapped my arms around the back of my neck for protection. She was on top of me biting my arms, shoulders and backpack. The force of each bite was like a sledge hammer with teeth. She would stop for a few seconds and then.. [go read the rest HERE]
Now that’s a story to tell the grand kids.
[via Todd Orr]