Man fights off bear by grabbing its tongue

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What do you do when a bear attacks? Well, you can follow all the sage advice from books and experts on surviving bear attacks. Or you can follow this guy's lead, grab its tongue and hold on for dear life.

CBS News reports, "Gilles Cyr said he was walking through his woodlot two weeks ago when suddenly something black came flying out of the woods at him. Cyr said grabbing the bear’s tongue was just instinct. He said he managed to escape behind a tree but not before the bear clawed his belly and bit his knee. The bear followed him but then appeared to lose interest and walked away. He was treated for superficial wounds at the hospital."

If you're in bear country, you definitely want to be prepared for anything. If you'd like to know more about what to do when faced with a bear than, "Should I grab its tongue??" then check out this guide on Mother Nature Network that explains what to do depending on the species of bear you're dealing with.

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