Jack Hanna Fights Off Grizzly Bear With Pepper Spray

July 28th, 2010 - 6:39 pm ICT by GD  

By Madhuri Dey
Jack HannaJuly 28, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Few will disagree to the statement that it is the presence of mind that works best at the time of any sudden crisis and in the present case, it seems Jack Hanna has enough of it. The famous television host and zookeeper Jack Hanna revealed to media sources recently that he put to use a pepper spray to ward-off a grizzly bear charging at him last Saturday. The Columbus Zoo Keeper said that the incident occurred on last Saturday while he was hiking in Montana’s Glacier National Park along with his wife and some other hikers.

The group was returning from Grinnell Glacier and passing through a narrow trail that had steep drop-off on one side and a cliff on the other. The media source reported that the group faced the bear after they rounded a corner. A mother bear along with two large cubs were just 30-feet away from them when they noticed them. The group first thought to let the bear pass by and made path for the bears on that narrow trail. However, while the mother bear and one of the cubs passed, another cub charged at them. It is then that Jack Hanna took out his pepper spray and sprayed on them. Jack Hanna had reportedly said that he failed in his first two attempts and the bear kept proceeding towards them. It is only in his third attempt, when he sprayed on the cub’s face directly, that the bear turned around and fled.

Jack Hanna who goes to hiking and trekking expedition frequently said that for the past 15 years he had always carried a pepper spray with him but had never used it. This time it seems that his carrying the pepper spray along with his presence of mind paid-off well.

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